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About the Movie
A surreal future leaves the world without water and consumed by sand: the Big Empty. A group of children survives alone on the edge of the endless desert in the ruin of the now. When a young boy unearths an ancient relic hinting at the lost wonders of winter, he sets off in search of the ghosts that once called the mountains their home. This bold cinematic experience balances stunning skiing with a wild and hopeful journey into the forgotten lands of myth and magic beyond the Empty. Acclaimed writer/director Ben Sturgulewski joins the award-winning team at Matchstick Productions and their two decades of filmmaking expertise to deliver “RUIN AND ROSE,” an epic creative vision brought to life by the talents of the world’s top skiers. Winter landscapes across the planet contrast seamlessly with a thoroughly-crafted story of environmental apocalypse, shot entirely within the otherworldly expanses of Africa’s Skeleton Coast. Unlike anything seen before, the dreamlike setting of this film sparks the imagination of not only action sports enthusiasts, but anyone with a beating heart.
If you want to watch a movie about sand watch this. If you want to watch a movie about skiing you're better off watching literally anything else.
I wanted to like it...
...but I just couldn't get into it. I've been watching ski movies for the past 20 years. I understand that ski cinematographers have to come up with something new, and Ruin and Rose was an attempt to reinvent the tired ski movie formula. The cinematography was stunning; truly beautiful scenes. The music was great. However there was truly too much sand. The "empty" scenes were too long, narrated too much, and did not transition well to the skiing scenes. The skiing seemed a little pedestrian too. The jib scenes, while unique in location, were ordinary. The big mountain scenes were few and far between. There was a great powder skiing scene in the first vignette though. I was left with the impression that MSP either didn't get that much footage (literally, the best skiing is what you see in the trailer) or they blew their budget filming the "empty" scenes. It pains me to write a negative review, especially about a company that I've loved for a long time, but I'm sorry MSP, you left me feeling "empty" on this one.
Big Empty Feeling
This movie trades the tried and true ski movie formula and replaces it with that of an art film. over half of the run time is shots of sand and not skiing. and the ski scenes are so poorly editied you can't follow the athletes and see more than 1/4 of any line skied. save your money and buy something from the MSP back catalog, Like Attack of La Nina or 7 Sunny Days.