Reel Rock 7 is a documentary about rock climbing. The temptation for non-rock climbers is to yawn. Don't.
Spectacular doesn't come close to describing this riveting documentary about four types of rock climbing. Stunning visuals and compelling real-life characters dot some of the most beautiful landscapes you'll ever see.
Presented by REI, the Tri-City Court Club and TheRockClimbingGuide.com for the benefit of the Friends of Badger Mountain, the film shows climbers scaling the unscalable using feet and fingertips. It's painful to watch but at the same time, impossible not to watch.
Part One deals with one of the king's of the sport and an up-and-comer who is impressing his elders. The second looks at a climbing legend and his team as they try to conquer the unconquerable Shark's Fin on India's Mount Meru. The third looks at wide-crack climbing and a pair of British kids who're setting that world on fire.
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The last segment is the most fascinating. It follows California native Alex Honnold, who is a free climber. No ropes, no safety gear on most climbs, Honnold hangs hundreds of feet in the air by his finger tips.
And all of this seen through world-class footage.
The visuals will blow your mind. Reel Rock 7 is one of the most fascinating documentaries I've seen in a long time, and it opens you up to a world that few of us ever get to see.
Catch this one. It's definitely worth the price of admission.
Mr. Movie rating: 5 stars
Not rated. Probably PG. It plays 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9 only at the Battelle Auditorium.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.