Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest elements found...more
Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival. less
“Awe-inspiring visuals and fine performances give enough height to Everest.”
Some movies depict tragedies but so beautiful and over such a sweeping canvas that the moving tale remains with you as a lingering pain. Everest isn't one of them. It is about an Everest Summit expedition gone wrong in 1996 and it almost takes a documentary-type accounting of the whole event. It has a rich star cast that includes Jake Gyllenhall, Josh Brolin and Jason Clarke and guest appearances by someone as high profile as Keira Knightley who plays Rob's (Clarke) pregnant wife.
The story revolves around how their trip to the summit on May 10th is a little chaotic. There are multiple groups trying to scale the peak on the same day increasing the traffic and hence the confusion. But, at a very honest level, the movie depicts it as a very chaotic journey. Dealing with the weather up there and the physical challenges is one thing. Everest is shown here as a phenomenal nemesis that has mighty mood swings, switching from clear sunny skies to massive dark blizzards in no time. But, problems like not having sufficient ropes to trek the summit, misplacing the oxygen tanks and arguments against Sherpas annoy you once you realise that it eventually led to the death of many. The movie hinges on a vital point where Rob takes his friend Doug back to the summit when the latter is late and pleads, knowing fully well it is risky. A trained mountaineer should put such mercy and be professional and without the captain who gets stuck in the snow, everything goes awry. Even if it actually happened that way in real life, you expect some character building for you to empathize with those decisions. Jake is totally wasted as an actor and only Josh Brolin apart from Jason has a few moments. The cinematography is brilliant but the movie misses those magical moments, vistas and visuals that you expect in a movie titled Everest and is about that from start to finish. All in all, the movie disappoints if you go in with expectations.