Because of this movie I never want to be anywhere close to another mountain again. Which is unfortunate since I currently live in a valley… surrounded by (very small) mountains.
Everest is based on the true story in which a group of climbers, led by Rob Hall (Jason Clarke), try the dangerous task of making it to the summit on Mt. Everest in Nepal. On their way back down, a huge storm hits and it shows their struggle to survive.
And what you get out of this movie is quite the thrill ride. Once this movie gets going, it never slows down. The scenes are incredibly intense and you really never know who is going to survive and who isn’t. The film is beautifully shot and I personally felt like I was there on Everest the whole time with them. That also has a lot to do with the acting in this movie. Everyone does a phenomenal job, particularly Jason Clarke who carries a lot of the movie. They all suck you deeper into the movie and invest you personally in what happens. The emotional moments between the climbers and their family members really hit most of the time. You want everyone to live and get back to their families. It’s an emotional and intense film the hits a lot of its notes throughout.
There are only a few things that didn’t quite work for me. One was that, not being a climber, I wasn’t sure what was going on for about the first 20 minutes. But at them same time I’m not sure they could realistically have done it in any other way. It was also hard to keep track of which character was which sometimes because they were all covered up in snow gear, which again was unavoidable. The only legitimate quip I have was one of the relationships between a climber and his wife is underdeveloped and feels a little forced. The emotional moments between them were the only ones that didn’t really hit for me.
But despite those minor things, the movie is great. Go see it. It’s worth the money. I’d recommend seeing it in IMAX. I don’t have access to that where I live currently but I think it would have made it even better. Everest is gripping and keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time and for that gets a 4.25/5. It’s one of the best survival movies ever made.
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