Rent Free Solo (2018)

4.0 of 5 from 334 ratings
1h 40min
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Synopsis:
From award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin, the directors of 'Meru', comes 'Free Solo' a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world's most famous rock...the 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park...without a rope. Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold's climb set the ultimate standard: perfection or death. Succeeding in this challenge places his story in the annals of human achievement.
'Free Solo' is an edge-of-your seat thriller and an inspiring portrait of an athlete who challenges both his body and his beliefs on a quest to triumph over the impossible, revealing the personal toll of excellence. The result is a triumph of the human spirit that represents what The New York Times calls "a miraculous opportunity for the rest of us to experience the human sublime".
Actors:
Dierdre Wolownick, , , Alex Honnold, Sanni McCandless,
Directors:
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Producers:
Jimmy Chin, James Cutting, Shannon Dill, Evan Hayes, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Others:
Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Evan Hayes, Shannon Dill
Studio:
Dogwoof
Genres:
Documentary, Special Interest, Sports & Sport Films
Awards:

2019 BAFTA Best Documentary

2019 Oscar Best Documentary

BBFC:
Release Date:
11/03/2019
Run Time:
100 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • BFI Southbank Q&A with Alex Honnold, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin
  • What If He Falls?
  • Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
11/03/2019
Run Time:
100 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • BFI Southbank Q&A with Alex Honnold, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin
  • What If He Falls?
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (3) of Free Solo

Amazing film documentary - Free Solo review by sw

Spoiler Alert
15/04/2019

Im not into rock climbing or any sports and still found this a great watch.

Its made really well. Very clever, similar to a film with Lots of really tense parts. Sitting on edge of seat moments.

Interesting to see how a relationship works with this type of living on the edge job/sport.

You watch it in dispalef that someone can or would do this.

Ill recommend it to any and everyone!

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Tense and intimate - Free Solo review by JO

Spoiler Alert
27/06/2019

Documentary exploring the motivation of Alex Hannold, determined to achieve his dream of accomplishing the free solo climb to the summit of El Capitan. Breathtaking with intense, nail-biting moments; the cinematography is awe-inspiring. You keep wondering what possesses anyone to dare to try this incredible, death-defying feat. It gives a real insight into the life of Alex, who difficult it is for him to reconcile relationships with his lifestyle and aspirations. The scenes with his girlfriend feel intimate moving. I strongly recommend whether you like climbing or not. 

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Breathtaking - both visually, and philosophically - Free Solo review by Champ

Spoiler Alert
18/09/2019

This film is seared on my mind, weeks after watching it. While I had the disk, I just had to watch it twice.

I've done a tiny amount of climbing, just enough to know I'd never remotely consider doing free climbing. But I also do other 'dangerous' activities, where my confidence and competence allows me to think that I have mitigated the risks, and am safely 'in control'. Consequently, the issues faced in the film spoke to me very directly.

The first reaction is that Alex has a death wish, or just doesn't care if he lives or dies. But then you get to know him, and realise he is an intelligent rational human being. And then your brain refuses to accept this - he sounds like a rational guy....but he's doing *that*!

By the end my brain wasn't able to square this circle, but I was just left in awe of what humans (some humans...) are capable of.

Watch this, and blow your mind

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

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