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Plot: Based on the true story of a Uruguayan rugby team whose plane crashed in the Andes mountains, forcing them to resort to cannibalism in order to survive.
Main adversaries: Freezing weather, threat of starvation
Why it's good: While far from a perfect film, "Alive" is a good-enough retelling of the true-life 1972 incident that was directed by Hollywood slickster Frank Marshall ("Arachnaphobia", "Congo"). There's no doubt the story would've been better served by a grittier production - it's all a bit too polished to achieve greatness - and yet it mostly works thanks to the grisly allure of its story and a few effective sequences, including a first-act plane crash that will serve as nightmare fodder for anxious fliers everywhere. - Chris Eggertsen