Alive is a true story of a Uruguayan rugby team's plane that crashed and occurred in 1972 in the middle of the Andes Mountains, and their immense will to survive and pull through alive, forced to do anything and everything they could to stay alive on meager rations and through the freezing cold. The only thing the team has riding on after losing so many of their good friends and family members is the slim chance of making it through alive and their faithfulness to God. The one where the survivors had to resort to cannibalism. It starts out with a steely narration (by John Malkovich), who tells of his finding God in the Andes, and then quickly goes into a terrific sequence involving the plane crash. From there on in, most of the rest of the movie occurs at the front half of the plane, where 27 survivors begin their fight to live. A few people are completely broken by the experience and die. A few people do will go to any lengths to survive. The particular lengths they will go to include cannibalism. They do not kill and eat, but instead eat the people who have already died. Nando (played by Ethan Hawke) and Antonio (played by Vincent Spano) have such strong survival instincts that they are willing to climb the Andes to save themselves and their friends. Alive is a movie able to touch our hearts (and our stomachs) as it grimly displays the miraculous true story of survival in the Andes. As normal, however, I have my complaints of Alive. For one, although the performances are great, the dialogue is incredibly bad. True story or not, I have trouble believing that anyone would say half the lines in this movie. Also, the movie tries to be funny. Although many people who go through trauma develop a dark sense of humor, it doesn't ever seem realistic and seeming realistic is what dramas are about. In the end, the survivor's lives had changed tremendously and still today they thank God that they are alive.
Alive is a good drama, uplifting, hopeful, and intelligent. It...
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