Audi German Film Festival Review: Nanga Parbat (2010)

31 Mar

By Michael De Martino

(Joseph Vilsmaier, 2010, Germany, in German, Biography, 104 minutes)

Nanga Parbat tells the true story of two mountaineering brothers, Reinhold and Gunther Messner, who set out to climb Pakistan’s Nanga Parbat, the ninth highest mountain on Earth, as part of the 1970 expedition. Both brothers achieve the superhuman task of reaching the top of Parbat’s south face, though tragically only Reinhold survives the descent.

Although a true and obviously sad story, it is not necessarily one that had to be adapted into film. Together with shallowly written characters and average acting, there is not enough substance for a feature length film, and as we learn of Gunther’s death in the first five minutes, there is room for suspense.

The one revitalising aspect of Naga Parbat is the scenery. If viewed on the big screen it will look amazing, but it is used too much as “filler” with the sole purpose of prolonging the running time of the film and is not quite enough reason on it’s own to go out of your way to see this film.

Nanga Parbat is not a bad film, but at the same time there’s not much to take from it. It is average. It will be neither loved nor hated; it will awkwardly sit there in your memory for a little while until it is inevitably forgotten.

 

5.2/10

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