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  • Summary: Eleven veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan join an expedition to climb the 20,000 foot Himalayan giant Mount Lobuche. With blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer and a team of Everest summiters as their guides, they set out on an emotional and gripping climb to reach the top in an attempt to heal the emotional and physical wounds of the longest war in U.S. history. (Red Flag Releasing) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Nov 1, 2012
    90
    In its ability to let us hear firsthand what life-and-death combat does to the human body and spirit, this film has few peers.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Nov 1, 2012
    80
    Michael Brown (a renowned mountaineer), digs below the adventure itself to reveal the gaping holes in our veteran care. Doing so, he translates a collage of experiences - some desperate, some hopeful, all tragic - into a first-person commentary on the malign reverberations of war.
  3. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Nov 1, 2012
    80
    From its low-key, guitar-based score by composer Chris Bacon to the filmmaker's refusal to sugar-coat the tough times some of the soldiers faced after completing the climb, High Ground takes its cues from the worldview of its subjects.
  4. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Nov 1, 2012
    80
    Some of these trekkers are more resilient than others, but all seem to agree there's a high, maybe insurmountable barrier between them and civilians. However sympathetic we are, they say, we can hardly understand what they've been through. High Ground makes that difficult task a little easier.
  5. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    Nov 1, 2012
    65
    What emerges as the film goes on is that the things military service provided for many of these individuals - family, friends, camaraderie, a support network of other like-minded individuals willing to lay down their lives for them - is the exact thing that has been taken away by their injuries, leaving them feeling particularly isolated. The climb provides them with that sense of community once again.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Nov 1, 2012
    63
    A less than inspiring documentary about extremely inspiring individuals, High Ground is worth seeing for what it shows rather than how it shows it.

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