Everest is the movie for everyone who have ever considered a dangerous hike up the highest mountain on Earth. Everest film could certainly discourage dreams with a cold, cruel re-creation of what is perhaps the mountain’s most notorious tragedy. As tragedy inspired movies go, it landscapes some harsh visuals to intensifies tense moments.
Based on the doomed 1996 excursion to the summit peak, the story shadows commercial tour groups that support adventure seekers up Everest. It focuses on Rob Hall, the owner of Adventure Consultants played by Jason Clarke and hall’s clients. The movie includes a hasty Texan, which is played by Brolin and a postal worker Hawkes on his second and last attempt at the peak. Also along for the trip are Mountain Madness members.
As events develop, errors are made by just about all involved. With all the journeys being made, there are numerous hold-ups along the route and safety ropes aren’t correctly installed, leading to numerous delays. That, along with the low oxygen levels, the inexperience of numerous climbers and personal rivalry between the various businesses are a formula for trouble. And before long, it finds them.
Clark still succeeds to make his character likable despite some uncertain decisions made but, of course, it’s always easy to judge in hindsight. You could certainly feel compassion and understanding for him and his struggle to succeed, as well as assisting his clients and friends realize their dreams.
This is a dramatized account, and part of the problem may be due to the fact that it’s a collective piece with a dozen or more characters; the massive cast also includes Wright, Kelly, Worthington, Knightley and Watson. Numerous get a bit lost in the shamble. As events take a turn for the worse in the final third, it loses focus as the point-of-view shifts around. While some characters are clearly defined, some characters are massively pushed for large portions of the movie and it results in infrequent struggle decisive of who is onscreen.
Everest frequently emphasizes how dangerous the climb is and that one mistake or mishap could lead to death. When oversight and missteps are emphasized in a very short period of screen time, some of that empathy is mellowed. And a few traumatized disaster movie resolutions can’t help but segment their way into the procedures. While numerous events that take place such as the heartbroken goodbyes, detriments for the team, an encouraging action of hope and endurance against the strengths of nature, in this meticulous performance of telling the story, comes across as splendidly mounted type tropes.
At least there is plenty to enjoy on the procedural side. The action is remarkable, there are successfully cringe-inducing moments as snowstorms, and other illnesses occur including a character who suffers terrible frostbite on numerous areas of his body. The scenery is eccentric and there are some individual scenes that maximize the incredible height of the mountain. Including a gorge crossing sequence. The IMAX experience absolutely helps in these moments, although just as much of the movie takes place in white-out conditions and cramped tents.
Overall, Everest is enjoyable. Furthermore, the actors should be praised. It is eventually not a great movie, but it is a decent disaster flick that recounts the most harrowing details of this unfortunate journey with skill.
Never Let Go is the tagline for this movie, based on the true story of a remarkably ill-fated trek up the title mountain in 1996. But it makes you wanna scream what the hell are you all doing up there.