“Touching the Void” is a documentary that recalls the incomprehensible survival story of Joe Simpson and Simon Yates. The Academy did not consider this to be a documentary since so much of the film is comprised of reenactments but I cannot see this logic. The interviews and narration by Simpson and Yates are the key to our accepting this journey as truth. Without the documentary feel, we could easily mistake this for a far-fetched fiction. The casting of Brendan Mackey and Nicholas Aaron is so perfect that you will spend the entire film believing that the tragedy was either caught on camera or that the victims actually recreated their climb. Even though this film does an amazing job of retelling the events, exercise caution because there are two sequences that contain explicit language (i.e. shouting the f-word about 20 times in a row). “Touching the Void” establishes a unique blend of informative narration paired with reenactments that engage our emotions. You won’t believe this story until you hear it straight from the mouths of the survivors.
[Pictured: This film will make you second guess why anybody would want to climb an icy mountain]