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K2: Siren of the Himalayas

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Dave Ohlson

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About the Movie

This breathtaking film follows an historic attempt to summit the world's most challenging peak on the 100-year anniversary of the Duke of Abruzzi's landmark K2 expedition in 1909. World-class alpinists Fabrizio Zangrilli and Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner team up with veteran climbers Jake Meyer and Chris Szymiec in a dangerous foray of high altitude mountaineering. The documentary also examines the history and geography of the Karakoram mountains while contemplating the risks, rewards and personal nature of exploration in an age when there are few blank spots left on the map. The second highest peak on Earth at 8,611 meters, K2 is also one of the most dangerous mountains to climb - for every four people who have reached the summit of K2, one person has died trying.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 7
  • Fresh: 7
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 8.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The documentary's biggest highlight is its climbing footage, much of it shot by Mr. Ohlson; the film gets in close, with snow on the lens, and captures the sound of piercing winds at high altitude. – Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, Aug 21, 2014

Fresh: Its considered use of ice and snow-covered vistas against the expanse of blue sky offers great beauty while capturing something of what pulls the adventurous to try to reach the world's second highest peak. – Ernest Hardy, Village Voice, Aug 19, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Beauty and Humility

This documentary is serious, but not tragic. The humility and hope shown by the climbers, especially Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner and Fabrizio, are refreshing. You can see the humility and appreciation for K2 and the rest of nature in their eyes. This was one doc where the world-class climbers recognized their limitations rather than just trying to overpower the mountain with human will. Way to go.

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I love this documentaries esp about alpinist. But this one is boring. Sorry folks but skip it.

interesting but cinematography is flawed

The views of the climbers are all from their backsides while they are shlepping up the mountain. No lasting vistas or videos of climbing except rear ends. Rather boring from that viewpoint.

K2: Siren of the Himalayas
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2014

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