The Ascent

The Ascent ★★★★★

Was that ever a punch to the gut. The Ascent is about two Russian partisan soldiers who trek through the snow covered, death ridden countryside in search of supplies; one headstrong and determined, the other seemingly weak and ready to die. Things take a turn though, and when placed in an inescapable situation, these characters react quiet different than expected. Aside from being incredibly shot and acted, what makes The Ascent so harrowing is how it forces you to examine your own feelings toward honour, country, survival, and cowardice through your reactions to, and understanding of, these men. It's bleak as hell and offers no easy answers, which is probably one of the highest compliments you can pay a war film.