Directed by Małgorzata Szumowska
Written by Joshua Rollins (Based on Ty Gagne’s article “High Places: Footprints in the Snow Lead to an Emotional Rescue”)
Starring Naomi Watts, Billy Howle, Denis O’Hare, and Parker Sawyers
Plot: As an experienced climber (Naomi Watts) ascends Mt. Washington, she turns back before she reaches the summit as a huge blizzard approaches. But on her way down, she encounters a lone, stranded man, and takes it upon herself to get them both down the mountain before nightfall arrives and they succumb to the storm. Based on a true story.
In Theaters March 25th
As we see every step Pam Bales (Naomi Watts) takes, it feels like it means something. It was a beautiful set up by director Malgorzata Szumowska. Although we knew what was ahead for Pam, Szumowska made sure we felt and saw her surroundings leading up to the moment of the storm.
I am not sure everyone will feel what I felt throughout this film because it was shot in such a claustrophobic way that was terrifying. Nothing is scarier than the idea of taking on mother nature. As the storm worsens, the shots get more intense and frightening and the battle Pam faces are incredibly insane. It’s even crazier to understand that this film is based on a true story.
Szumowska’s direction is truly incredible. How she recaptured this entire period of Pam’s life was nothing short of remarkable. She shot this in a way that made us feel like we felt every single thing that Pam was going through. From the claustrophobia to mother nature to Pam’s heroic courage throughout this storm. I was enthralled at every turn and it blew me away how each part of this film was shot.
Naomi Watts is brilliant from the go. She is able to capture the emotional aspect of the role needed to draw us into the character. Not only early on when she was alone but as she has begun to save this man, Watts carried the film on her back through all this adversity. Watts is one of the best working actresses who continues to deliver during every performance.
One of the more beautiful things about this movie was the self-reflection you do as you watch Pam overcome everything to walk out of the storm. We all go through life and battle storms and they don’t always look the same, but we all have the courage to walk out of them one way or another.
The Verdict: B+
Infinite Storm is an incredible story of finding hope when hope doesn’t seem to exist.