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6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain (2017)

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An adrenaline seeking snowboarder gets lost in a massive winter storm in the back country of the High Sierras where he is pushed to the limits of human endurance and forced to battle his own personal demons as he fights for survival...."

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Madison Turner, Eric LeMarque (book) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Hartnett ... Eric LeMarque
Mira Sorvino ... Susan LeMarque
Sarah Dumont ... Sarah
Kale Culley ... Young Eric LeMarque (as Kale Brady Culley)
Jason Cottle ... David LeMarque
Austin R. Grant ... Corey
Nathan Stevens ... Seth
Marty McSorely Marty McSorely ... Boston Bruins Coach
Sean Pilz Sean Pilz ... Jake
Vashi Nedomansky ... Spivack
Joey Miyashima ... Guard
David H. Stevens David H. Stevens ... Wade
Beth Waugh ... Beth
R. Curt Kelsey R. Curt Kelsey ... Search and Rescue Pilot
Judi Carpenter Judi Carpenter ... Rescue Nurse / Hoist Operator
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An adrenaline seeking snowboarder gets lost in a massive winter storm in the back country of the High Sierras where he is pushed to the limits of human endurance and forced to battle his own personal demons as he fights for survival...."

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Never lose hope. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including drug addiction, some disturbing images and brief partial nudity | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Six Below See more »

Filming Locations:

Utah, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$14,838

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,174,465
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2.77 : 1
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Marty McSorley had a small cameo in " Con Air" played a pilot. See more »

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He is completely under water for several moments, which would saturate everything he carried on him. Yet his cell phone and radio are still functional. See more »

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Eric LeMarque: Hi Mom. It's me. I don't really know what it is I wanna say. But I don't think I have much time so. I just want you to know I'm OK with how this ends. And that I'm sorry. I'm sorry for everything. Turns out I'm a bit of a coward myself. It's funny that we only get to live life forward. It never makes any sense until we're looking back. I love you, Mom.
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Survival drama takes Blue Square route
24 October 2017 | by TwistedMangoSee all my reviews

A former pro-hockey player must fend for himself after becoming stranded on a mountain

Josh Hartnett may be the George Raft of this generation, known by the roles turned down. More than ten years since he passed up opportunities to play Spiderman, Batman, and Superman, Hartnett is Eric LeMarque.

A former pro hockey player, LeMarque has struggled with retirement and is facing a drugs charge when he goes up the mountain with his snowboard. A reckless decision to take an unsupervised course during a storm leaves LeMarque stranded and exposed to the elements.

A lasting problem of 6 Below is how rote the plot is; there is not a single moment in the film that comes as a real surprise. The film's subtitle Miracle on the Mountain belies the fact that this is not to be a tragedy, and that we the audience are going through the motions of Josh Hartnett feeling cold for ninety minutes.

Director Scott Waugh makes heavy use of GoPros and drones for filming snowboarding shots, yet however he captures the shots there is rarely an inventiveness on screen. The persistent whiteness of the mountain over-saturates the eyes, and the constant choral drowns the ears.

This is a shame as Waugh uses his experience with stuntwork and directing Need For Speed to assemble a number of the set pieces with aplomb. Most notably this includes helicopter search and rescue sequences in which Sarah (Sarah Dumont) at base camp comes tantalisingly close to finding LeMarque.

There are a few points of immersion in the story, notably a moment that ignited my own greatest fears when LeMarque falls through ice. Yet as a character LeMarque doesn't confront his situation with any particular imagination. He's never forced into the horrifying self-sacrifice of Aron Ralston (James Franco) in 127 Hours, and nor does the film have the terrifying resourcefulness and consuming morbidity of Touching the Void. LeMarque suffers because he has to, in a manner often no more engaging than a rat on a sinking ship.

If the bulk of the mountainside action is taking a blue square route, this is an improvement on the flashbacks dotted throughout the film. As with the mountainside, its all filmed flatly, both visually and thematically.

The domineering father and long-suffering mother are familiar tropes, and how this relationship might evolve as LeMarque grows up isn't explored. In the drive to tell an all- American tale of redemption 6 Below also leaves out interesting tidbits, such as the real life LeMarque using his dual citizenship to represent France in the '94 Olympics. 

A point of connection as LeMarque wastes away on the mountain should be mother Susan (Mira Sorvino) who clearly loves him very much, but she has come across as so soppy and one-dimensional it's hard to avoid a vague irritation with her. I was more interested by Sarah and the mountain operation, and would hope to see Dumont in expanded roles in the future.

If you're a lover of inspirational memes or fancy the idea of Josh Hartnett nibbling bits of himself, this film is for you. Otherwise 6 Below will provide you with very little sustenance.

christophermarchant.wordpress.com @BrianInvincible


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