This is a must-see and one of the best documentaries - and films - of this year.
The film's masterful storytelling did its job. The message was clear. No need to overdo.
Let me be very fair here, this is not the best movie in my opinion. But, this movie is fun, it has purpose and is very enjoyable to watch.
One of the film's great tricks is that, for a time, you think it will go down a rabbit hole of unrealistic glorification.
This film provides a decent glimpse into the events of May 10, 1996, a disastrous day on Mount Everest on which eight climbers died. There are twin plot lines here -- stories of the professional guides and their often, but not always, privileged clients who tackle the world's highest peak, and the tale of a mountain whose five-mile-high weather has a will and a mind of its own. The climbers here paid $65,000 each to be led up and down Everest, and, watching this, you have to wonder why. The monster rock and its environs are magnificent to see, but so little time is spent enjoying the experience -- and so much expended attempting to avoid accidents and getting killed by the elements -- that it doesn't come across as enjoyable at all. It's necessary to proceed at such a slow pace that I often felt that I could outpace these athletes -- being a middle-aged lady of 61 with an inflamed left patella and all!The acting here was OK -- I enjoyed Naoko Mori in the tiny role of quietly plucky female climber Yasuko, and craggy visaged Icelandic Ingvar Eggert Sigurdsson as the oxygen-refusing climber Boukreev -- but so much verisimilitude was pumped into the atmospherics of wind, blizzard, and chill that all the characters' dialogue was often inaudible. In addition, I felt the casting here left something to be desired. There are too many characters on whom to focus, and too many of them look alike; in the end, I felt somewhat tempest-tossed myself as I tried to keep everybody straight. This story falls into the category of films depicting nature's indifference to man -- a basket including the far more gripping and convincing "Open Water," "Backcountry," and perhaps even "The Blair Witch Project."As much as I'd like to support a director from Iceland, a country I love and visit yearly, it seemed to me that Baltasar Kormakur put more effort into getting an all-star cast with the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal and Keira Knightley (both in not very prominent roles) than in telling a gripping and important story well. The characterizations here are superficial, and in various closeups I had the feeling I was watching a scene filmed in a studio rather in nature itself, a very tacky and off-putting perception. I enjoyed Kormakur's Iceland-based "Jar City" and am eager to see his "The Deep." "Everest" definitely leaves me curious to see more of his work. A little more focus and a little less big-name glitz would help his future efforts.
Incredibly realistic and very, very well made. The veteran cast make this believable and we root for all the characters, as there is no antagonist here, except for Everest...
This was a captivating and emotional ride.
I had the pleasure of seeing this in 3D and it was really awesome!
Everest is based on the true story of Robert Hall and Scott Fischer's expedition to the summit of Mount Everest. It's a premise that suggests an emotional character-driven story of two men braving the elements as the ascend Everest. Unfortunately, the movie never reaches the dizzying heights that its title suggests.There are some elements of the movie that do really well; the majesty of Everest is excellently captured with beautiful aerial shots and visceral down-to-earth shots of the climbers which convey the lethality of Everest, imbuing the movie with a sense of tension throughout. However, this effect is severely diminished by the lack of characterisation that is the movie's greatest flaw.Primarily suffering from a lack of focus, it attempts to introduce the characters of all those involved in the real life expedition, perhaps this was as a homage to them and their families but it stopped the movie having a clear protagonist. Additionally, the development that these characters get is very, very limited. It may be that the adherence source material was the downfall of this movie as there is a distinct lack of any character arcs.As such, emotional moments are scarce. Despite the many on-screen tears, you will be hard-pressed to find yourself feeling for these climbers you barely know no matter how well-acted they are (and they are, Jason Clarke as Rob Hall stands out). Thinking on it, I can only recall the one scene which really struck a chord with me (once again, sold very well by Clarke) but, on the whole, I was apathetic to the plight of the climbers. Do not expect this movie to blow you away with a story about people and their attempt to conquer Mount Everest, it settles for being a half-baked disaster movie that spends a lot of time building itself up only to sabotage its own potential with poor development of the cast.
Im not sure what is the point of remaking a perfectly fine TV movie full of great actors and believable emotions into another same movie where the acting sucks especially with a poor choice of keira k. that looks way too young for that role. What is next? Alive movie? However, I do recommend it for the directors work, cinematography and overall comprehension of the events.