The Ascent

The Ascent ★★★★½

Set in the bleakest, wintriest landscape you'll ever see on film, The Ascent is full of panic and existential dread evoked by the impending doom, like adrenaline interjecting, adding pressurized gas to the inferno. This is what feels like to stare in the face of death. Larisa Shepitko has left behind one of the greatest films ever made, one that deals with the senseless brutality of war, stoicism, betrayal, and martyrdom - Either you live to die or die to live, you make your choice and suffer the consequences thereafter. Multiple viewings needed.

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