An intriguing documentary concerning the life and adventures of Ranulph Fiennes, among the last hero-explorers of our time, packs an altogether different punch by the end, discovers Simon Ings
By Simon Ings
On release now
EXPLORER is really a documentary about Ranulph Fiennes, who led the initial expedition to circumnavigate Earth from pole to pole without recourse to flight.
Its subject emerges slowly from snatches of past documentaries, interviews, home movies and headlines. The film touts Fienness unknowability: a risky technique for those not used to the person and his achievements, though with time it takes care of handsomely for director Matthew Dyas.
Fiennes isnt motivated by mysterious and delicate internal forces; this