RELEASE DATE: 17/09/2015
RUN TIME: 2HR 1MIN
New Zealand expedition leader Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) is heading off to Everest with his team from Adventure Consultants for the climbing season, leaving his pregnant wife Jan (Keira Knightly) back home. Arriving in Nepal, it appears to be the busiest year yet, with more and more guided companies popping up and therefore more climbers. One such company is Mountain Madness run by Scott Fischer (Jake Gyllenhaal) who’s currently bitter over the fact that Rob has snaked his journalist, Jon Krakauer (Michael Kelly) for a feature story. With each team aiming for a summit date of May 10, some companies partner up to make for a safer ascent, while others decide it’s every man for themselves. With a deadly storm looming, the climbers make their way up - but not everyone comes back down.
Director Baltasar Kormákur ('2 Guns') along with screenwriters William Nicholson ('Gladiator') and Simon Beaufoy ('127 Hours') have committed an incredible amount of research and detail into this film. In spite of the characters' personal issues and backstories, this film is surprisingly not as sentimental as you would expect, focusing more on the existential climbers' question of what drives them to do what they do, and of course the film's protagonist, the mountain itself. Using natural and studio filming locations around the world including Nepal and Base Camp itself, the filmmakers have composed a visually impressive film. However, despite the film’s scope and subject, its actions and physicality don’t quite translate to its audience and we’re left a little flat. While the obvious screen deaths are drawn out and laborious, it’s the ones you don’t see coming that are too sudden and almost laughable as characters literally fall off the screen.
Director Baltasar Kormákur has committed an incredible amount of research and detail into this film.
Not your average disaster movie, as this one is based on a tragic true story and not the worst-case global warming scenario or asteroid about to hit Earth. It’s no surprise that this film deserves to be seen on a cinema or IMAX screen - luckily for audiences, both are available. With a grand and gifted cast including Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Emily Watson, Elizabeth Debicki, Sam Worthington and Robin Wright, ‘Everest’ is a film where you come for the story but stay for the show.