It’s truly amazing what people are capable of when pushed to their limits. My favorite stories are those of human triumph in extreme situations. Luckily, Hollywood has also taken an interest in these types of survival stories. There are a few great movies currently streaming on Netflix that are based on some of the most incredible feats of human endurance.
The Way Back (2010)
This incredible story was inspired by the journey of seven prisoners who escaped from a Siberian Gulag prison camp in 1941. They traveled 4,000 miles on foot to gain their freedom. This trek takes them across some of the harshest terrain in the world, all while they are evading enemy forces and surviving off the land.
A group of unsuspecting passengers boarded a short flight over the Andes mountains when disaster struck. The terrible weather and high winds caused the plane to crash leaving 27 of the 45 passengers in the high mountains with little food or shelter. After surviving for 2 months, by eating the dead, two of the strongest members hiked for over a week in a desperate attempt to save the others.
Touching the Void (2003)
This Docudrama follows the emotional story of Joe Simpson and Simon Yates, as they set their sights on being the first to climb a remote peak in Peru. They were not the first to attempt the summit, however, they were the first to succeed. Unfortunately, Simpson slipped and badly broke his leg. This forced Yates into a brutal fight against the odds to perform a solo-rescue to save his best friend. That is until Simpson fell into a crevasse, leaving him to crawl for miles in order to escape the harsh Peruvian mountains.
Stories like these help put the frustrations of modern civilized life into perspective. Next time you are throwing yourself a pity party, remember that your circumstances could be a whole lot worse.
-Michael J. Flora