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#273720 - 01/16/15 02:10 AM Survival Movies (Detour)
Alex Offline
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I believe we had such a topic somewhere already, but the forum search has returned nothing for "movies" in the subject. Please correct me if I'm wrong, and move the post as appropriate.

In short, I just saw the Detour (2013) movie http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1753693/ recently. It's not of a really high aesthetic quality (so it is safe to fast forward all of the "drama-aggregating" flashbacks there), but it is trying to poke quite an interesting survival situation. The guy was trapped in the car under the mudslide and attempting various self rescue "techniques". Some quite useful ideas and no-nos were well presented in my opinion. And even made me inventing some better ideas as well. So if someone else saw it or going to check it out - the discussion should have a good educational potential, I think...

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#274352 - 02/27/15 01:20 AM Re: Survival Movies/Shows [Re: Alex]
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Just done with another survival "movie":
"The Island with Bear Grylls".



It shows 13 ordinary British men living for 29 days on an uninhabited (but rich in survival resources) tropical island somewhere in the Pacific with only 3 sets of Bear Grylls' logo bearing merchandise (I've noticed BG machete, knife, fire starter, and the headlamp). Even though its survival side is quite insignificant to research, one could at least get a good grasp on some of the psychological quirks of the ordeal. It's also quite a spectacular visual paradise in HD (though, two cameramen were among the survivors as well, so there were probably not so much of a good video footage made, the documentary looks quite spotty). Still, there were some useful to study moments for me anyways.

By the way, the web site above also provides an interactive "survival on the tropical island" quiz (just scroll down a bit) - quite amusing as well. In fact, it reveals all of the tactical and strategical errors the 13 men obviously made. It is sad that there were no any useful analysis of that done at the end of the series, like at the end of each of the "Naked and Afraid" episodes. The later, by the way, became quite a good show in the 3rd season, with quite interesting participants.

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#274355 - 02/27/15 05:17 AM Re: Survival Movies/Shows [Re: Alex]
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Surviving with nothing to look at but a dozen other guys would be almost impossible, even in a normal setting.

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#274356 - 02/27/15 02:58 PM Re: Survival Movies (Detour) [Re: Alex]
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"Wrecked" with Adrien Brody is a pretty darn good flick for both dramatic presentation and reasonable "what would I do if...?" food for thought.

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#274357 - 02/27/15 03:20 PM Re: Survival Movies [Re: Alex]
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Yeah, we already did this topic. But with all the global cooling it's good to review.

Island in the Sky

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#274365 - 02/27/15 11:15 PM Re: Survival Movies [Re: Alex]
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Rescue Dawn is ok...not great, but ok:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0462504/


Anyone have a review/critique of "The way back" with Ed Harris? Been wanting to see that for a while now..
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#274387 - 02/28/15 08:12 PM Re: Survival Movies [Re: Alex]
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That's a nice list! Thank you folks.

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#274389 - 03/01/15 07:50 AM Re: Survival Movies [Re: Alex]
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"The Way Back" is very good IMHO. I watched that a while back, not knowing what it was and having never heard of it before I stumbled upon it. I enjoyed it and would recommend it.

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#274403 - 03/02/15 02:35 AM Re: Survival Movies [Re: Alex]
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"The Way Back" felt dry on survival tips, but good.

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#274405 - 03/02/15 04:27 AM Re: Survival Movies [Re: Alex]
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I haven't seen any of these titles,but I won't let that stop me from commenting. All of these flicks seem to be commercial flicks, produced primarily for entertainment. How accurate are they likely to be? I would think one would get better information by studying factual accounts of real survival situations, both successful and unsuccessful.
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