Free Solo trailer: A documentary with Oscar buzz about man against nature
Remember the beginning of Mission Impossible II where Tom Cruise appeared to be climbing up a rock face without a rope (also one of many meta references in the most recent M:I film)? Well, scrap that. Free Solo is about the real life exploits of rock climber Alex Honnold, following his attempt to become the first person to ever "free solo" climb Yosemite's 3,000 ft high El Capitan Wall. Yes, that means doing it with no climbing gear at all. Just using his hands, feet and an insane level of confidence to pull it off. It may also have a chance of securing an Oscar nomination as it has been one of the most talked about documentaries of the year. Hang on tight and watch the trailer for Free Solo above.
The film is an edge-of-your seat thriller and an inspiring portrait of an athlete who challenges both his body and his beliefs on a quest to triumph over the impossible, revealing the personal toll of excellence. As the climber begins his training, the armor of invincibility he's built up over decades unexpectedly breaks apart when Honnold begins to fall in love, threatening his focus and giving way to injury and setbacks.
Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi direct this National Geographic production, with Free Solo opening in select cinemas in the UK on December 14th 2018.