|Shark’s Fin, the real star of the extreme sports documentary “Meru.”|
“Meru,” directed by Jimmy Chin and E. Chain Vasarhelyi, is the harrowing true story of three climbers who dare venture upon this world’s steepest and most challenging of climbs. Conrad Anker (a climber known for his relentlessness, but made famous by his discovery of the remains of George Mallory’s body), Jimmy Chin (National Geographic photographer, world-class climber, and the film’s director), and Renan Ozturk (talented climbing up-and-comer) are willing to test the limits of their potentials, they’re willing to push themselves to do what, literally and truly, no man has ever done before.
“Meru” is a film that’s always reflecting, always tempting the viewer into picking a side: safety or recklessness? Because that’s what it is. That’s the choice, and everything is on the line. Are they willing to risk death to be great? It is, without a doubt, a film that aims to fortify the strength of the human spirit; it aims to motivate and encourage and inspire. And it is inspiring, it really is—until it’s not. Until you begin to question whether there’s much difference between being courageous and just plain reckless. Upon watching “Meru” you discover there isn’t much that separates the insane from the brave. But I suppose in the end, that’s not what matters.