An Unknown Compelling Force

 (501)6.21 h 46 min2021NR
The truth of Russia’s greatest unsolved mystery, the Dyatlov Pass Incident, is uncovered in this compelling documentary.
Liam Le Guillou
Liam Le GuillouSvetlana OssYuri Kuntsevich
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4.2 out of 5 stars

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CG SinnReviewed in the United States on July 12, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Don't Be Fooled By The Title
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If you are new to this tragic case, then I'd recommend this doc. However, if you're already familiar with the details, you won't find anything new here. I've been aware of everything presented in this doc, hence, the 2 star rating. The truth of Russia's greatest unknown mystery is uncovered... is not. Imo, the film regards itself more towards the director's personal journey to Russia than anything else. If some sort of discovery was made during the expedition, it would've been worth the trip. But to trek halfway across the world just to visit the location of the tent did not hold my attention, nor did it impress me in any way.
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Richard A. TuckerReviewed in the United States on July 22, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
My opinion, don't, just don't.
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Decent filming didn't save this. First the documentarian's ego is evident from the start. Then his dismissal of any possibility except the one didn't come close to proving takes front and center of already clearly formed opinion. The point of this documentary is, "look at me, look at this theory I have -and pay close attention as I don't actually nail it down". He makes some good points about how the wilder theories don't pan out, but his own theory is based on heresy, not corroborated in the least.
Worst of all, IF his theory was the best one, this whole issue could have been resolved easily by the Russians themselves when they first investigated it way back when this incident happened. The Russian government could easily have exploited this easier case to further marginalize the tribal peoples in that region- something they were already doing. But, they didn't.
And he comes up with no plausible excuse as to why they didn't resolve this easier theory. He doesn't even try.
His entire case could have been a 15 minute short film.
I did appreciate that effort does try to get viewers to understand who these 9 Russians were. But their deaths are still a mystery.
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TingReviewed in the United States on August 3, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
A well made documentary on one of the great mysteries of the 20th Century
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The Dyatlov Pass mystery has long fascinated me. I have seen many documentaries on the subject and the common theme is that they all rehash the same evidence and offer the same theories but no definitive explanation. An Unknown Compelling Force does include new evidence, a more fleshed out back story of the hikers and explores in depth the route they took before reaching their gruesome fate, all of which brings new and refreshing details on the subject. The documentary even touches on the failure of previous films and TV shows and promises to offer some actual conclusions rather than just conjecture. I feel that the filmmaker at times needlessly inserts himself into the story with his seemingly pointless endeavor of reaching Dylatov Pass, however, in the end he does offer a more conclusive explanation of the deaths of the hikers but sadly you will still be left with more questions than answers.
Barbara R.Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Based on a true unsolved story.
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I thought the documentary was interesting and unfortunately raised more questions than it answered, which the filmmaker admits. And because it occurred in Russia, there is always the possibility that the government has more info. than is being released. Nevertheless, these 9 hikers lost their lives under horrific circumstances. Yeah, it's worth watching. I admire the film maker's willingness to literally retrace their steps. Even though they were able to drive, then use snowmobiles for much of the journey, the last leg of the journey is quite difficult.
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Blue skyReviewed in the United States on July 6, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Much better than any youtube investigation
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I was very impressed with Liam L. and his in depth investigation into the Dyatlov Pass incident. Several people are interviewed including a criminologist and a pathologist. It seems that they can rule out an avalanche. The overwhelming opinion seems to be murder/criminal activity.

They also took the same path to travel where the hikers went, and interviewed people who knew the hikers.

Well worth the money I spent to rent this. Very well done
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Eric B.Reviewed in the United States on June 16, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent film!
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I'd been vaguely aware of this incident for a few years, but had never looked into it too deeply. This film came was recommended to me and I am certainly glad it was. Every new discovery deepens the mystery and left me wanting more.

The content was amazing, but the film itself was very well done. A nice mix of graphics, on scene shots and in person interviews never let my easily distracted mind wander. Reading the credits, it certainly appears that the filmmaker did the lion's share of this film on his own, making it all that more impressive. I certainly look forward to more work from Mr. Le Guillou - hopefully a part 2 to this film that puts the mystery to rest!

5 stars for sure and I've got no problem recommending this film if you like a good documentary.
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MichaelReviewed in the United States on June 20, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great documentary about an old mystery
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I hadn’t heard about this incident prior to a Google search before watching. I started to get drawn in by the theories, similar to how the filmmaker got his start on this project. But I’m glad he did the extensive research so that I didn’t have to :) Very well made and interesting story that seems to get us as close to the truth as possible this far after the tragedy.
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Public NameReviewed in the United States on September 10, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Oh well
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Since this program is billed as the truth about Russia's greatest unsolved mystery, I somehow expected it to be the truth about Russia's greatest unsolved mystery. What was I thinking? Interesting local scenery, though, and the producer is respectful of the indigenous people.
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