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By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Branagh shines in tale of endurance and courage; some peril.

Movie NR 2002 206 minutes
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This survivalist drama lives off the strength of the incredible true story being depicted, and more importantly, from the hugely impressive leading performance from Branagh. The actor carries Shackleton on his shoulders, bringing depth and nuance to the esteemed explorer. The pacing and structure of the movie works well too, as the first half is very much set on land, and the build up to the expedition, while the latter half is set out at sea and in the snowy wilderness.

The film also provides a real sense of the camaraderie between the crew, thanks to strong performances from all the supporting cast. The stakes feel high, as anxiety and the foreboding sense of finality looms ever closer. Shackleton works as an intriguing study of the human psyche, and what people can -- and will do -- in order to survive. So while it may be somewhat conventional, and nothing particularly new, it's still been done well, and in an accomplished enough manner to make this worthwhile viewing.

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