In the 2-hour film, Director Baltasar Kormakur, does impressive work telling the story of the fatal climb on Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth, undertaken by two expeditions in May 1996. Although, Kormakur’s job was extradordinary–he failed to add dramatic heights.
Climb to highest point on Earth? Why? Kormákur does well when incorporating the journeys of each individual and “why” exactly did they choose to put their life at risk.
Everest is primarily the story of the “mayor of base camp,” Rob Hall, played by Jason Clarke, an experienced guide who’s having a baby in several months, is leading a team of mountaineers to the top of Everest with the goal of getting them up and down alive.
Things go south when a violent storm takes over.
Hall’s passion and loyalty for his team is enormous making him more like a father-figure of the members–inspiring each and every one of them to not give up including Texan Beck Weathers played by Josh Brolin.
Kormákur assembled an interesting cast to play the teams who went through a painful and emotional time on the mountain over the course of the dreadful days such as mailman Doug Hansen played by John Hawkes, Jon Krakeur played by Michael Kelly and Scott Fischer played by Jake Gyllenhaal.
In the first hour of the film, it was moving very steady as the team climbs up the Everest base camp. It was clear that the film was shot on actual mountains which added great effect to the movie where you can feel the freezing yet isolated struggles each went through while some survived and others did not. Having Everest in 3D only makes you feel as if you are present with the members wondering if someone is going to fall down any minute.
“Mother of base camp,” Helen Wilton played by Emily Watson, does a splendid job tracking down each member, mapping positions, and making sure everyone is safe. Not only is she the mother-figure but a dear friend to each including Rob Hall and his wife.
Kormákur reminds us what the 1996 expedition was all about which is Nature vs. Man but unfortunately, nature wins killing eight climbers including Rob Hall.
Everest is very numbing to witness but Kormakur did well as he respectfully based this film on real life events where real people died. Therefore, don’t expect so much of a happy ever-after ending in this one!
The film is set to be released September 18, 2015.