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  • Summary: Steep is a feature documentary about bold adventure, exquisite athleticism, and the pursuit of a perfect moment on skis. It is the story of big-mountain skiing, a sport that barely existed 35 years ago. It started in the 1970s in the mountains above Chamonix, France, where skiers began toSteep is a feature documentary about bold adventure, exquisite athleticism, and the pursuit of a perfect moment on skis. It is the story of big-mountain skiing, a sport that barely existed 35 years ago. It started in the 1970s in the mountains above Chamonix, France, where skiers began to attempt ski descents so extreme that they appeared almost suicidal. Men such as Anselme Baud and Patrick Vallençant were inspired by the challenge of skiing where no one thought to ski before. Now, two generations later, some of the world's greatest skiers pursue a sport where the prize is not winning, but simply experiencing the exhilaration of skiing and exploring big, wild, remote mountains. (Sony Pictures Classics) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Scott Schueller
    88
    Steep is one of those rare endeavors able to touch on the human condition without neglecting the film’s true star: big-mountain skiing.
  2. 75
    Enthusiasts and neophytes alike should be able to join together in gasping at the sight of people plunging down vertical walls of ice, taking their lives into their own hands for a brief, lion-lifed adrenaline charge.
  3. A surprisingly fatalistic, way-above-average ski documentary that lays out a 35-year history of the "extreme" end of the sport.
  4. 67
    Obenhaus' documentary on extreme, "big mountain" skiing feels, despite its jaw-dropping camerawork and patently fearless subjects, like a relic from 1998.
  5. If you like your skiing extreme but your documentaries safe, then carve a sharp turn over to Steep.
  6. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    50
    Steep begins to feel a mite in need of tighter editing. In truth, the film will appeal primarily to skiers, while others may get a bit, well, snow-blind.
  7. 25
    What they say is superficial. They never really explain why they risk their lives. In the end, Steep plays like a TV infomercial - and who wants to hand over $11 to watch one?

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  1. SharonB.
    Apr 7, 2008
    10
    This movie is astounding not only for the shear beauty of the mountains but for the incredible nerve of the skiers. Incredible moments in the This movie is astounding not only for the shear beauty of the mountains but for the incredible nerve of the skiers. Incredible moments in the world of skiing whether you are a ski buff or not. This is extreme skiing like I have never seen before. Definitely worth an hour and a half of your time. Expand
  2. JayH.
    Mar 15, 2008
    2
    This is more of an infomercial for a sport rather than a documentary. They make extreme skiing a major world event, rather than what it is, a This is more of an infomercial for a sport rather than a documentary. They make extreme skiing a major world event, rather than what it is, a bunch of misguided kids doing a stupid and dangerous sport. I am supposed to be impressed. I'm not. To compare the release of "The Blizzard of AAHHH's", an early ski documentary to the assassination of John F. Kennedy importance is as ludicrous as the film itself. Expand

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