"180 Degrees South" Movie Review

by steve watts March 06, 2013

180 Degrees South movie review

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.

steve watts
steve watts

Growing up in South Africa, Steve spent his youth dreaming of far off places. After spending eight years extensively traveling to many of the great surf destinations of the world getting dengue fever, having a near death experience from a falling coconut in mexico, Surviving a 15 foot drop on a handboard on a Nias bomb, jumping from every rock he could find without adequate health insurance. and comprehensively debunking the myth there are no waves in Thailand, even if they are small. He decided it was time for a a degree. Steve Graduated from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London with a degree in product design. He missed his graduation to go surfing in Californian, found a kindred spirit with Venice and never left

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