Everest is a new movie based on true events of a 1996 expedition to the summit of Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. At the time, more and more people were paying professional climbers to train them and take them to the summit of Everest. These tourists were not new to mountain climbing, in fact, many were experienced climbers, but Everest is one of the harshest mountains in the world. In an effort to make the summit by May 10, which is within their window of clearer weather, the exhibition team pushed up the mountain and began the climb to the summit at 1 a.m. to make their 2 p.m. turnaround. Problems abound from poor placement of climbing ropes to lack of oxygen tanks; the biggest problem of all is a storm that hits the mountain with very little warning. With the expedition trapped in the worst conditions imaginable, it’s touch and go as the team struggles to make it down the mountain alive.
I was surprised to see many big-name actors in this movie such as Michael Kelly, who plays the journalist Jon Krakauer; Jake Gyllenhaal, who plays the owner of a competing climbing company and Keira Knightley, who plays the main character, Rob Hall’s pregnant wife. They all bring great performances to the film, especially Keira Knightley. I loved Jason Clarke as the main character, Rob Hall, a professional climber and owner of a climbing company. Clarke really encapsulated the role of a man with a love for climbing and a keen ability to grasp the risks that the mountain poses to his own well-being.
Everest was a wonderful film, especially in IMAX 3D. The vista shots of the vast and intimidating frozen mountain as it appears to engulf the climbers really shows the scale of just how enormous Mount Everest is. With the 3D technology, it felt like you were being taken along on the expedition and shown just how hard climbing a mountain like Everest can be.
If you’re looking for an action-packed thriller to see this weekend, go see Everest. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as the movie takes you on the adventure of a lifetime, especially when they cross the crevices on flimsy ladders.