Everest (2015)

Everest - Never let go!

Everest

Jason Clarke———————————————————————-Rob Hall
Keira Knightley——————————————————————-Jan Arnold
Josh Brolin———————————————————————–Beck Weathers
Jake Gyllenhaal——————————————————————Scott Fischer
Emily Watson——————————————————————–Helen Wilton
Sam Worthington—————————————————————-Guy Cotter
John Hawkes———————————————————————Doug Hansen
Michael Kelly———————————————————————John Krakauer
Robin Wright———————————————————————Peach Weathers
Naoko Mori———————————————————————–Yasuko Namba

Directed by Baltasar Kormakur.
Screenplay by William Nicholson and Simon Beaufoy.

I am a huge fan of the documentary called “The Summit” based on the August 2008 expedition on K2 where eleven people died. So, I was more than excited when I heard that they were making a movie about Everest. This movie tries to recreate the events of May 1996 where several expeditions made attempts to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Rob Hall (Clarke) is the leader of the expedition for Adventure Consultants. A group that for a fee help mountaineers reach the summit of Mount Everest. The previous year not one client from Adventure Consultants reached the summit and this year there is a writer on assignment from Outside Magazine hoping to make the summit. This pressure of major exposure from a popular magazine may have led to some of the questionable decisions on the mountain that day.

Doug Hansen (Hawkes) was a client that wanted to reach the summit no matter what. Doug had tried the previous year and was forced to turn around 300 feet from the summit because bad weather was coming in. He worked two jobs, day and night to pay for the tour. Beck Weathers (Brolin) had been mountaineering for over ten years and had set a goal to make the summit of all seven 8000 meter mountains. Yasuko Namba (Mori) had summited six of the seven highest peaks and she was not going to turn around.

As the group makes their way to the summit several of them start showing symptoms of serious problems. Beck starts losing his vision which forces him to stop, Hall sends some sherpas down to help him. Doug Hansen is very weak as he nears the summit and time has run out. It was past their self imposed turn around time of 14:00 which would give them enough time to get back to camp four by nightfall. Hall comes down from the summit and meets Doug Hansen who is determined to reach the summit, they have a conversation and Hall turns around helps Hansen make the summit. It is well past their turn around time and Doug is extremely weak. In the distance, a storm is coming in and Guy Cotter (Worthington) is wondering why there are still climbers on the mountain and not at camp four. The movie shows how they work together to get these people off the mountain and to show how some of them never did.

This movie has a bunch of very good performances scattered throughout. The special effects of the storm are great and some of the shots of the climbers crossing crevasses by walking on ladders is amazing. There are some touching moments and some funny moments. The overall the movie flows at a very good pace giving us a balanced perspective of the mountaineers and the people who care about them.

The story is one that I personally find riveting, although some of you may be wondering why in the hell they do this? A question that is posed to the mountaineers during this movie. One of every four climbers dies trying to reach the summit. The odds on survival are bad, the conditions are worse, but the women and men that challenge themselves are willing to face these horrible conditions to see what they are capable of doing. This is one story that is worth watching.

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Runtime: 121 Minutes

Production Budget: $55,000,00.

Box Office
Domestic: Not Finished Run Yet.
Worldwide: Not Finished Run Yet.

CC Rating: 8 out of 10

Screenplay: I could not find the screenplay.

Directors’ Previous Movies: 2 Guns, The Deep, Contraband.

If you liked this try: The Summit, K2: Siren of the Himalayas, Beyond The Edge, Touching The Void