Explorer Review - A Poignant and Emotional Journey

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Explorer, from Universal Pictures Content Group, brings to the screen the passionate, dramatic, and adventurous journey of Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the world's greatest explorer, through his own recollections, actual voyage footage, archived material, and personal interviews.

Explorer, like many of the dangerous and adventuresome climbs, start long before one reaches the pinnacle. This story is no different. We travel back in time to Fiennes childhood, the son of a British solider who was at war, and then killed in battle. Fiennes grew up wanting to be like the man who had grown into legendary proportion, however military life wasn't for him, but the adventure continued to bait him.


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He explains as the only male child in a household of females he was doted on and grew up in a loving family. We travel this road with him, meeting his childhood friend, the desire to storm the castle, overcome the enemy, become the conquering hero's, a theme that was very real as the war produced many real stories of men fighting for their country and becoming celebrated.

He married his childhood sweetheart, Ginny, who was more than a doting wife, she was his media director, marketing manager, PR guru, and literally able to move through any obstacle with aplomb. She is showcased pulling in sponsors for his various expeditions. Her tenacity and determination went along with the creed they agreed upon, that they should be able to secure all the necessary needs without paying. While many would see this a young married couple's naivete, they were able to move along massive global expeditions through sponsorships.


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Once the world began to hear of Fiennes first global expedition, it seemed as if everyone, including HRH Prince Charles, who call Fiennes' adventure "refreshingly mad," is walking each step with him, via radio and newspapers. Suddenly this amateur explorer becomes legendary, mythical, and celebrated as he steps foot on the top of the world.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes is credited with the sensational title of being the World's Greatest Living Explorer. Amongst his extraordinary achievements, he was the first to circumnavigate the world from pole to pole, crossed the Antarctic on foot, broke countless world records and discovered a lost city in Arabia. He has traveled to the most dangerous places on Earth, lost half his fingers to frostbite, raised millions of pounds for charity and was nearly cast as James Bond.  But who is the man who prefers to be known as just 'Ran'?

With exclusive access to Ran, his incredible film archive, preserved and cared for by the BFI National Archive, covering decades of expeditions and contributions from life-long friends and colleagues, Explorer tells the definitive story of an inspirational leader, delving deep into Ran's audacious and eccentric dreams to explore the complex motivations behind them.


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Director Matt Dyas says, "In Explorer, I wanted to create a compelling portrait of the real man behind the myth, and between the cracks of the ordinary and the extraordinary, I hope audiences see for themselves an intimate side to his personality and the motivations that drive him."

The documentary peels back the layers of Sir Ranulph's life to go beyond his record-breaking achievements and reveal the man behind the myth and a life well-lived, not one without sorrow and loss or a life where each step is directed, precise and pre-determined, but one where the unknown is inviting, welcomed, and the fascination of mountains left unclimbed, roads left untraveled are tempting, and alluring.

Explorer will be available on digital and on demand on August 30th, 2022. See it.


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Country: UK.

Runtime: 140minutes.

Digital Release Date: August 30, 2022.

Director: Matt Dyas.

Producer: George Chingnell.

Cast: Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Anton Bowring, Ginny Fiennes.

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