Bear Grylls reviews how realistic survival movies are, including The Revenant, Cast Away, Point Break, Titanic, Bird Box, and more. Bear talks about his experience sleeping inside the carcass of a camel, dealing with a malfunctioning parachute, and almost freezing to death. Bear Grylls hosts Nat Geo’s six-part series Hostile Planet, premiering April 1, at 9/8c.
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I'm Bear Grylls and today we're gonna look at some of the top survival movies and figure out just how realistic they are so in this clip from the revenant Leo survives by gutting a dead horse and sleeping inside it this brings back good memories but the thing is it totally works I mean I've done that in the Sahara with a with a cat off this Berber tribesmen who said to me he said that he'd once survived a sandstorm by sheltering inside the carcass of a dead camel so we had this camel this that had died and I said this is a perfect chance to show that you can do this and the crew kind of looked at me like really I gutted it and got inside it and took the skin off as well you said it's like a blanket and I'm waking up and I was on larium at the time which is anti malarial which gives you pretty weird dreams I had a dream that the camel had come back to life and I was like then I woke up inside this thing and I was that really freaked out but hey look good for him you know survival all those about doing the unimaginable and the difficult number one priority in the wild it's always protection whether that's from you know wild animals or from the weather in this case and him getting a side that got him out of the cold got him out of the wind and saved his life so doing the unimaginable doing the difficult and number one priority protection good for Leo so this is castaway Tom Hanks surviving by doing the difficult thing with no experience and very little equipment of trying to light a fire you know one of my favorite bits about this clip is the sweat that is dripping off his nose and purser fire I've got quite a big nose and I always have had so many times the same problem when you're open you really working it in the sweat pouring off and I've just got an ember and a bit of sweat just gone straight in and put it out but hey listen making fire is hard with nothing and it's about one thing persistence persistence persistence and you know you will see on TV and it takes 30 seconds but reality I've spent over 12 hours before trying to make a fire and it's especially hard on your own because you know essentially you're trying to create heat through friction and doing that alone it's really hard but um this was an iconic clip and I as I said I know this one so well and it was filmed really well accurate and once you have a going it changed everything for him you know protection from you know from wildlife and super signalling and for warmth and for boiling water and for making tools and everything in the fire is the heart of it all so well done tom so this glyph is from iconic one of my favorite films listen Point Break when you Todd jumps out of a plane with no parachute and eventually catches our Bodhi and you know the rest here you go amazed listen guys this is legendary these are iconic moments you know and the thing is sometimes you gotta suspend a little bit of realism but he's getting low we're on about two minutes it's the highest freefall you could wrap your legs through in your arms through some chest straps and stuff and and hold on and actually that has been done I mean the thing is I speak from experience as well I broke my back in a freefall parachuting accident was I serving in the in the British Special Forces a canopy just went really bad when I deployed it and I know that feeling is sort of falling and a raw terror you know it's not quite right and it's totally a situation where you could pull the pipe that comes out it's starting to furl open and you hit the ground and it would probably save your life but we're talking tenths of a second one way or the other between dying and not but hey it's a great moment in the film and that a bit that is a suspension of reality is the time frame your your normal freefall from 12,000 feet it's over in you know 30 seconds so he would have been have to be at the edge of space for this one to work but the great thing about is it kind of we all grew up on this movie and you watch it and I never once as a kid question that I just go this is epic so this clip is from the film Everest when Rob Hall is up there in horrific conditions and is is dying on the mountain and not only know that seemed from this film well I know that situation well and I was on Everest a couple of years after Rob died up there I actually saw Rob up there you know when we climbed it pretty well perfectly preserved you know he was so close and and and I knew that story so well and I just had to cool and move away from him and and finish this and and get up and get down and stay alive but it was a very hard map our full moment seeing him there but I watched this film and wept throughout it if I'm honest I really did I'd never seen it so realistically and peacefully told so this clip is from Titanic when they are in the water ships gone down and they are in a bad cold situation okay so this is a another situation that I've experienced many times have been truly truly cold and icy cold water and again this is really realistically done of just how sapping and how fast it can happen you know I've had to cross freezing cold rivers in Siberian winter and swim frozen lakes and under the ice and you name it and the cold Rob's you of your senses and your abilities and you can't move your fingers and you can't move your hands and then your arms you can't think of concentrate and everything goes backwards and you can't you know and it's it's a very hard thing to fight you know I think it was pretty realistic told really you know I mean maybe the reality is that they would have both died faster and quicker in that sort of temperature and water without survival equipment and with normal clothes you're gonna be unable to speak or even function within 10 minutes you know and you're gonna be dead pretty soon after so survival time of cold water is low be careful so this is a great clip from Crocodile Dundee where Linda is going down to fill her water bottle at the Billabong and she thinks all is good but all ain't good so guys this is an epic an epic moment you know who hasn't left out of their seat in the cinema watching watching this one the thing it's very very hard to get a knife through crocodile there is a little bit gap between the scalp and the rest of the body where you can get it in but I've had it before with I remember we're taking drew brees on an expedition into the jungle once and we came across his crop and it was definitely not as big as that one because you wouldn't manage it for real in a saltwater crocodile that big that was young realistic bit but I've had it before where we've got on the top bed and drew it across it and I was there we had the knife and I'm sainted reach drive it down and we're pushing on and he can't get it in and you know and eventually let's grab this rock and the Crocs spinning around and grab the rock and cruise got his hand on the knife and on a rock on top of the knife or pointed in it goes and that's the end of the crop after his drew goes Tina how much my hand is is short for and the NFL don't even know I'm here in the jungle with you I guess I wasn't thinking about that other touch just trying to get this knife in the crop you guys you know that you hit the knife but an inch either way that would be my hat and God but the thing is you got to be really really careful of sort of crocodiles you know you only get that one wrong once but hey croc Dundee he nailed it good for him he acted fast and he put the knife into the correct place this is a clip from bird box where Sandra Bullock trying to cross a river blindfolded never underestimate the power of white moving water so I haven't seen this clip so this is this is other in a boat this is okay although blindfolded in the rapid although the thing about wrappers you do want to kind of follow that the power of the main flow the tongue of the middle so sometimes the less you do the better in a weights and maybe blind father it's just still sketchy this is really sketchy well that was predictable wasn't it you know listen do not get into first of all do not get into whitewater rapids that big without right equipment without the right training experience and with no backup a boat like that it's a disaster for a starter that seemed before you blindfolded so that to me was a recipe for disaster truly and I think the truth is Sandra Bullock would be toast so in this clip Michael from the office attempts to survive in the wild with nothing but a knife some duct tape and his sense of humor shelter or make some sort of water vessel you know I bet he had a lot of filming this then you well take a look at this i tented my pants i tented my pants I could have used that line shelter and this little guy maybe Dunder Mifflin paper someday well first of all he's thinking like survivor he's being resourceful he's already thinking about that the trees gonna end up his paper his pants that his shelter he got a big smile on his face he's got bags of positivity those the key traits in a survivor although how good that shelter was we didn't get that wide shot of that did we I think there might be a little bit you know shelters gonna protect you for wind rain storms Michaels pants but for spirit ingenuity and positivity full marks so we've seen a bunch of clips from Hollywood's depiction of survival scenarios and actually the clips we picked though these are pretty good ones you know they have been well done but ultimately survival is all about this heart spirit never giving up and and I think they had