Directed by Neil Myers
CLIMB is a 52 minutes long documentary by Neil Myers that tells his personal story as a triathlon athlete, a story of determination and willpower that led him to achieve his goal despite a brutal accident.
Needless to say, an athlete's journey is metaphorically parallel to the hero's journey in fiction. In this case, thanks to an excellent photograph and a voice-over worthy of the best actors (Neil Myers himself), the first three minutes of the first act are already enough to prove it. As a matter of fact, the story heralds suspense and a climax worthy of the best fictional scripts.
The documentary is presented in small chapters: introduction, accident, operation, and post-operation. Then it comes moral and physical effort to return to climbing and the struggle to not fall into the (unfortunately super common) trap of opioids.
Furthermore, to enrich the story, the second protagonist: triathlon. Which is different from other sports. Its beauty recalls the metaphor of life, in which even if you fight alone, in reality, you are not, and your sweat, fatigue, and passion is that of your group, of those that fight on your same side.
It's a personal story but visually told with a professionalism worthy of the best productions.
A story told with love through sharp images and montage and a neat and clean script.
The title, representative of the athlete's activity but perhaps above all of his metaphorical experience, is a perfect choice.
CLIMB is an excellent product that deserves to be shared. It's always enjoyable to know a story that can be everyone's story.
And it reminds us that after the climb, there will always be a descent.