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A clumsy and overdramatic film with beautiful footage
For all the magnificence of Patagonia, the finished product is all-over-the-place, with poor editing and pacing, and a penchant for being unnecessarily dramatic to the point of being eye-rolling.
It's already a bad sign early on with the film's excessive use of tedious CG credits, and its odd editing style continues throughout, intercutting talking heads, sporadic narration, dramatised newspaper headlines and likely-scripted scenes in a clumsy manner. The only saving grace here is the simply spectacular scenery, which should really have been left to speak for itself without all the fluff.
Whether or not you're interested in mountaineering, this is one to steer clear of. I can think of any number of similar films to see instead of this, each which has been put together in a far more competent and impactful manner - Meru, Touching The Void, The Wildest Dream, Everest: Beyond The Limit, The Summit etc.
(To address another review, YES, the movie does say where Cerro Torre and Patagonia is - it's literally in the first few minutes!)
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