Kenneth Branagh (more recently
seen as the dark arts teacher in the latest ‘Harry Potter’ film) stars as
Shackleton, one of the less fortunate and famous explorers of his time. Based
on a true story, ‘Shackelton’ follows Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 attempt to
cross the Antacrctic continent on foot.
As numerous explorers race to be
the first to reach the South Pole (in that year, an achievement that would
secure fame), Shackleton performs a lecture on his recent attempt at reaching
the pole. As he finishes his lecture he receives a call: “The South Pole has
With this shock revelation of
his complete failure as an explorer, Shackleton’s job is in jeopardy, and ‘ah
ha’, he is struck by a phenomenal idea: to lead the first expedition
to cross the Antarctic continent on foot. With this great new idea,
Shackleton’s path is set.
He begins to build finance for
the expedition, a task that proves difficult with the world on the cusp of the
first World War. Finally finding his funding with only days to go, Shackleton
sets off to explore the unknown land that lies before him and his crew.
After a short stop at a whaling
station in Iceland, Shackleton and his crew set off on their quest. Before
too long their ship ‘Endurance’ comes in contact with the huge ice burg that
they must navigate to start their eighty five mile journey.
Pressing on through the ice the
ship becomes trapped in what is called “pack ice”, a type of ice that is
carried by the currents and then squished into the coves of the Pole. In this
situation, the crew can only pray. If the temperature rises, the ice is given
more room to “pack in” and the Endurance will be freed, but if the temperature
drops the ice becomes harder and Endurance will have no chance of being
freed. Their fate will be sealed.
As it turns out, the fate if the
crew has been decided. With the coldest winter Iceland has ever faced, the
Endurance is crushed and sinks. With only three small life boats to carry the
28 men to safety and a very limited amount food left, the men must move fast
to preserve their lives.
In an amazing story of courage
and survival, this movie will keep you interested for the duration. This is a
good movie and one of the more interesting ones in my collection. It’s a
little slow to start, but once Shackleton and his crew get on the Endurance it
really takes off, delivering heaps of twists to keep you interested.
The DVD contains no extras
whatsoever, just Start Movie and Jump to Scene. The quality of the picture
and sound is great. When the Endurance and the ice start to break up the
sound is great, with huge deep booming cracks appearing and the wood bowing.
The sound is very believable and realistic. The picture quality is always top
notch throughout the movie, with no glitches or pauses even at the layer skip.
History of the Cane Toad/ The Natural History of the Chicken
- Directors Commentary
- TV Promo