Scott Markowitz
Lisa Schwarzbaum
January 04, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Steep

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
91 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/21/07
director
Mark Obenhaus
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
author
Mark Obenhaus
genre
Documentary

We gave it a C+

As slick documentaries about extreme sports go, Steep — about people who like to ski down ridiculously big mountains not intended for civilian leisure — is pretty average. The athletic footage is kind of cool, while the interviews with athletes about what they feel when they’re skiing are kind of damp, made soggier by a musical score that emphasizes the supposedly noble heroics and awesome dangers of the quest. Sorry, bunnies: Gambling one’s life in humanitarian service is worthy of hero music. Risking death for a bitchin’ ski video calls for some other soundtrack. C+

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