I had heard very good things about this film so I had high expectations going in. After watching it, not only were these expectations met, but they were surpassed.
The story is inspired by true events and follows the historical facts very closely. There is great attention to detail, right down to the climbing tools, in recreating this pre-WWII Germany period piece. The acting is excellent across the board and all the characters - from the climbers to the journalists to the bourgeois snobs - are engaging and well developed. The production values rival any Hollywood film and both the direction and cinematography are outstanding.
Despite a running time of over 2 hours, the film doesn't feel that long as the pacing is quick and the drama that unfolds is so suspenseful that at some point, my heart was racing and I actually felt exhausted. The viewer is right up there with the climbers, who are fighting danger, fatigue, and extreme cold at every crevice.
If you like edge-of-your-seat, human versus nature adventure, you won't want to miss this one!