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Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

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About the Movie

Rising 21,000 feet above the sacred Ganges River, the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru is the ultimate test in the high-stakes world of big-wall climbing. The "anti-Everest," Meru has long defeated the world’s best climbers, earning it the reputation as the most complicated and dangerous peak in the Himalayas. When alpinists Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk embark on an expedition to tackle the Shark’s Fin for the first time, they confront nature’s harshest elements and their own personal limitations in an attempt to achieve the impossible. A breathtaking real-life tale of survival, friendship and redemption featuring best-selling author Jon Krakauer (INTO THIN AIR) and a score by Oscar-nominated composer J. Ralph (CHASING ICE), MERU is “a meditation on life, death and everything in between.” (NEWSWEEK)

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 73
  • Fresh: 66
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Thankfully free of the usual triumph-of-the-will score, "Meru" is an ultrasmooth blend of conventional documentary techniques - the talking-head interview; the back-in-the-day photograph - and uncommon ambition. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Aug 13, 2015

Fresh: In lieu of Oscar-grabby performances, there are climbers talking, raw and intense, about the tragedies they've weathered on their way to accomplishing something no one else has. – Christian Holub, Entertainment Weekly, Aug 13, 2015

Fresh: Though the "Meru" climbing and outdoor footage is spectacular, it is the personal struggle of each of the climbers, and the candid way they talk about them on camera, that give this film its considerable impact. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Aug 13, 2015

Fresh: Meru is a picture that appeals to novices and masters of the sport alike, a harrowing look at the dangers, motivations, stakes and spirituality involved in the craft of climbing. – Paula Mejia, Newsweek, Sep 25, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Compelling, understated adventure

This is an outstanding documentary about the personal stories of three very accomplished world- class mountain climbers, wrapped around their repeated attempts to climb an unclimbable mountain in India. The cinematography is amazing. This movie is an unexpected pleasure. If nothing else, see it in order to hear the stunning song by Andra Day that is sung over the closing credits - I wish that song was on iTunes.

Crazy for climbing Meru. Crazier for Filming it.

Meru was so much more than I expected out of a climbing film. I’m not a climber and personally think many of them are borderline crazy. This movie is confirmation that indeed, climbers are insane. What they accomplished is nothing short of remarkable and the fact that they filmed the expedition while on a massive exposed windy rock in 0 degree weather is a testament to their incredible ability as alpinists, filmmakers, and dedicated teammates. I laughed, almost cried, was blown away by the cinematography, and definitely do NOT have any desire to climb Meru after seeing what they went through. Its amazing. Well done Meru Team! You crushed it.


I saw Meru twice in the theatre, and cannot say enough good things about it.

The cinematography is stunning and the storyline has several twists that keep you on the edge of your seat and shaking your head in amazement at the sheer talent and determination of Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk.

WATCH THIS FILM, you will not regret it.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2015

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