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6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain


Stars: Josh Hartnett, Mira Sorvino, Sarah Dumont

Director: Scott Waugh

An ice-hockey star who walked away from the game, amphetamine junkie Eric LeMarque (Hartnett) goes snow boarding in California's High Sierras. Straight away, he goes off-piste in an impending blizzard, which might less you a shade less sympathetic towards what happens next.

Soon hopelessly lost, the junkie snowboarder, who also has a damaged leg, undergoes a gruelling week-long fight for survival.

Alas the film, like its subject, just slogs on and on, with only a momentary encounter with wolves to break the monotony as you fight against snow blindness.

Director Waugh tries desperately to enliven the narrative with cross-cuts to Eric's distraught mother (Sorvino) and flashbacks to his past life, but these only serve to seem intrusive.

Despite Hartnett's best efforts (he also co-produces), I'm afraid I was ready to give up on this one (which, like Wind River, was actually shot in Utah) at day two.

David Quinlan

USA 2017. UK Distributor: Signature. Technicolor.
98 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: 12A.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 1, Violence/Horror 0, Drugs 1, Swearing 1.

Review date: 09 Oct 2017