Meru

Release date:August 14, 2015
(limited)

Studio:Music Box Films

Directors:Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

MPAA Rating:R (for language)

Screenwriter:N/A

Starring:Jon Krakauer, Conrad Anker, Renan Ozturk, Jimmy Chin

Genre:Documentary

Plot Summary:

The gripping, first-person account of three mountain climbers who set out to conquer the most challenging peak in the world. Featuring interviews with the climbers and their loved ones and commentary by author Jon Krakauer, the movie continuously returns to the astonishing footage filmed by the climbers themselves during their white-knuckle journey.

In the high-stakes pursuit of big-wall climbing, the Shark's Fin on Mount Meru may be the ultimate prize. Sitting 21,000 feet above the sacred Ganges River in Northern India, the mountain's perversely stacked obstacles make it both a nightmare and an irresistible calling for some of the world's toughest climbers. In October 2008, renowned alpinists Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk arrived in India to tackle Meru. Their planned seven-day trip quickly declined into a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures with depleting food rations. Despite making it to within 100 meters of the elusive summit, their journey, like everyone before them, was not a successful one. Heartbroken and defeated, the trio returned to their everyday lives, where the siren song of Meru continued to beckon. By September 2011, Anker had convinced his two lifelong friends to undertake the Shark's Fin once more, under even more extraordinary circumstances than their first attempt. "Mere" is the story of that journey, an expedition through nature's harshest elements and one's complicated inner demons, and ultimately on to impossible new heights.