“Everest” Review

18 September, 2015

Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Screenwriters: William Nicholson, Simon Beaufoy
Director of Photography: Salvatore Totino
Cast: Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal

Synopsis: Based on a freak occurrence that took place on 10th May 1996, Everest sees a group of climbers attempting to reach the world’s highest summit only to become trapped inside a ferocious and unpredictable blizzard.

Everest Review:

The experience had by those caught in a brutal storm on Mount Everest in May of 1996 is something that can only really be conveyed through a gigantic cinema screen. It needs to be big, loud and immersive with 3D giving it depth and air conditioning making you shiver in your seat. You need to be able to feel pins and needles when a man’s hands freeze or feel compelled to readjust your glasses as someone struggles to peer through the sharp ice being blown in their face during a snowstorm.

It’s hard to fathom how much people can suffer during such incidents. News stations calmly report the death tolls from earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods with no real sense of what it’s like to be the victim. Suffering is something that cannot be conveyed through the headline ‘Eight die in Everest disaster,’ which can be read while sipping a morning coffee and biting down on a slice of toast, and the creators of “Everest” clearly understand this as they depict the sheer brutality of a natural disaster.


“Everest” is a film of two halves and it’s unfortunate that the tension during the trek to the summit is a mostly dull affair given the sheer intensity of the later scenes. Despite being based on a true story, the climbers’ conversations do little to create a sense that they were ever real human beings. It’s in the descent that the film goes all-out in true nail-biting glory. Even though “Everest” fails at making its characters easy to care for as individuals, it taps into the most basic human fears (the great height, the cold, the exhaustion, the distance from safety). It’s about the scenario over the person with many tragedies carelessly skimmed over in an emotional sense but also impactful in how quickly people are shown to become helpless or even lose their life.

 

   

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