I had heard about Everest from a movie trailer or a preview somewhere. Obviously the idea is simple, a team climbs the most daunting mountain in the world. What wasn’t obvious, was the stellar cast that I had no idea was in this. Jason Clarke, John Hawkes, Michael Kelly, Emily Watson, Josh Brolin, Sam Worthington, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Naoko Mori, among so many others. I was nervous that the story was going to be super generic, most true stories tend to be. However this story was much more in depth than I anticipated. It truly is more about the people; who they are, where they’re from, why they’re climbing this insane mountain, and the relationships they have with one another.
|Rating: 7.1/10 (123,977 votes)
Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Writer: William Nicholson (screenplay), Simon Beaufoy (screenplay)
Stars: Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson
Runtime: 121 min
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Released: 25 Sep 2015
|Plot: A climbing expedition on Mt. Everest is devastated by a severe snow storm.|
Now, I’m not going to begin to pretend like I know anything about climbing. I used to work with a dude who was a very avid rock and ice climber, but climbing Mount Everest is a whole ‘nuther animal. The movie goes as such, in 1996, several commercial expedition teams ascend Everest. All is going as well as can be expected and the teams reach the summit. When out of seemingly nowhere, a terrible storm devastates the entire expedition. In that disaster, 8 people lost their lives and one who was thought to be dead, lived to tell the tale. A fantastic write up on the facts behind the movie can be found here.
One thing is certain, as I get older in my life, I find that I tend to get more emotional about things that I watch. Most often, stories of survival and that determination to keep going despite some of the worst possible odds; Everest had me welling up again. Beautiful, powerful, amazing movie; I highly recommend it.