“180 Degrees South” is another well-executed adventure documentary by brothers Chris and Keith Malloy of Woodshed Films. The film masterfully captures the journey of Jeff Johnson in his quest to retrace the steps of Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins through the uncharted seas and mountains of Patagonia. The movie embodies the statement that “the best journey answers questions that in the beginning you didn’t think to ask.”
It has juxtaposing themes including:
Young vs. Old
Nature vs. Consumerism
Adventure vs. Fear
Spiritual vs. Physical
These all are explored and unraveled within the film. The opposing themes spin the viewer’s perspective in 180 degrees. The soundtrack alone makes the movie worth a watch. Under his alias “Ugly Casanova”, Isaac Brook of “Modest Mouse” adds nine never-heard-before tracks. Songs like, “Mountains of Storms,” “Here’s to Now,” and “Maybe We’re Lost,” take the listener on a playful audio voyage. If you find yourself with an extra hour and 25 minutes on your hands, pop in this flick and explore the magical landscape.