Free Solo

Oscar Winner: Best Documentary

Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Run Time: 
100 mins
Tommy Caldwell, Jimmy Chin, Alex Honnold
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From award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi (“MERU”) and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin comes National Geographic Documentary Film’s FREE SOLO, a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock ... the 3,000ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park ... without a rope.

Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold’s climb set the ultimate standard: perfection or death. Succeeding in this challenge, Honnold enters his story in the annals of human achievement. FREE SOLO is both an edge-of-your seat thriller and an inspiring portrait of an athlete who exceeded our current understanding of human physical and mental potential. The result is a triumph of the human spirit.Follow Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite's 3,000ft high El Capitan Wall. With no ropes or safety gear, he completed arguably the greatest feat in rock climbing history.

"Despite the gravity-defying cinematography and alpine setting, 'Free Solo' transcends the climbing world and intimately examines something universal. How can Honnold risk pain to the people who love him in pursuit of a lofty personal goal?" - The Seattle Times

"Both intimate and expansive, 'Free Solo' is a documentary beautifully calculated to literally take your breath away. And it does." - Los Angeles Times

"Whether you care about climbing or not, you’ll appreciate this tale of passion, discipline and, ultimately, transcendence. One incredible climb for one athlete, one quantum leap for mankind." - The Globe and Mail

"In the end, the answer may be only slightly deeper than 'because it’s there,' but for 100 nerve-racking minutes, 'Free Solo' brings us one man’s suicidal quest with sympathy, grace, and a ton of adrenalin." - Entertainment Weekly

"'Free Solo' would be an exceptional piece of filmmaking if it confined itself to the physical poetry of Mr. Honnold’s achievements. But it gets at his inner life too, and goes a long way toward answering the unspoken question of what makes — or allows — him to do what he does." - Wall Street Journal

"The tensions inherent in Honnold’s singular life are many. Free Solo gives you just enough of that life on terra firma to make the heights truly dazzling." - Chicago Tribune