Five of the world’s best snowboarders are taken to the mountains of Alaska for some outrageous “Big Mountain” rides.
Unfortunately, this interesting film cannot be approved because of language. It’s too bad that they could not have edited out those few words because they were completely unnecessary and the integrity of the film would have remained the same. “First Descent” is a true-to-heart documentary and is, at 110 minutes, a pretty long one. It discusses in depth the sport of snowboarding and its “brief but chaotic history.” The film brings together five of the world’s best snowboarders and follows them through two weeks of back-country boarding in Alaska (several days are snowed out). In some areas, the film seems to drag because it loses its intended focus and begins to examine the individual lives of the snowboarders rather than the sport itself. The scenic views of the mountains and some of the amazing runs these boarders make literally take your breath away. Don’t be misled though, as much of the movie is historical accounts of the evolution from skiers to snowboarders on the slopes of the world’s best resorts and discussion of the transition from the pioneers of snowboarding to the daredevils of today, actual footage of boarding is less than what you might expect.