For all the natural spectacle, the characters are what hold one's attention.
"Everest," in short, suffers from the same problem as Everest: overcrowding.
Unlike many mountain-disaster stories, this is the kind that makes you never want to look at a mountain again.
Ultimately, "Everest" is an achievement of production, capturing the landscape in striking IMAX cinematography. It's also the compelling tale of mountains and the people who feel the need to conquer them, or be conquered in the process.
A white-knuckle survival film with an outstanding cast.
Everest takes an inordinate amount of time to get the pieces in place. However, once the group departs base camp and begins the ascent, the film sloughs off its slow pace and transforms into a gripping tale of survival, life, and death.
In spite of the excellent technical work and the efforts of a first-rate cast, "Everest" did not exhilarate or scare me as much as leave me flatly sad.
The toggling between the base and various points along the way to the summit becomes stressful, then heartbreaking.
"Everest" is nothing but a long, slow climb. Without any peaks.