Everest (2015)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Biography


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The story of New Zealand's Robert "Rob" Edwin Hall, who on May 10, 1996, together with Scott Fischer, teamed up on a joint expedition to ascend Mount Everest.

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15 April 2018 | aadamhgafar-68237
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| Everest - review, 6/10
Everest is based on the true story of Robert Hall and Scott Fischer's expedition to the summit of Mount Everest. It's a premise that suggests an emotional character-driven story of two men braving the elements as the ascend Everest. Unfortunately, the movie never reaches the dizzying heights that its title suggests.

There are some elements of the movie that do really well; the majesty of Everest is excellently captured with beautiful aerial shots and visceral down-to-earth shots of the climbers which convey the lethality of Everest, imbuing the movie with a sense of tension throughout. However, this effect is severely diminished by the lack of characterisation that is the movie's greatest flaw.

Primarily suffering from a lack of focus, it attempts to introduce the characters of all those involved in the real life expedition, perhaps this was as a homage to them and their families but it stopped the movie having a clear protagonist. Additionally, the development that these characters get is very, very limited. It may be that the adherence source material was the downfall of this movie as there is a distinct lack of any character arcs.

As such, emotional moments are scarce. Despite the many on-screen tears, you will be hard-pressed to find yourself feeling for these climbers you barely know no matter how well-acted they are (and they are, Jason Clarke as Rob Hall stands out). Thinking on it, I can only recall the one scene which really struck a chord with me (once again, sold very well by Clarke) but, on the whole, I was apathetic to the plight of the climbers.

Do not expect this movie to blow you away with a story about people and their attempt to conquer Mount Everest, it settles for being a half-baked disaster movie that spends a lot of time building itself up only to sabotage its own potential with poor development of the cast.

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Trivia

Survivor Lou Kasischke, a consultant on the movie, published his account of the Everest tragedy in his book, "After the Wind."


Quotes

Rob Hall: Can you just listen up? Guys? We got 2,000 feet, 600 vertical meters to Camp Four. It's roped all the way, so I know you can make it. Now, once we get to the yellow band we're gonna regroup, put on the masks, turn on the gas. Make sense?


Goofs

The team is crosses Larja Dhoban, the suspension bridge above the Dudh Koshi river just before the steep climb up to Namche Bazaar. This movie is set in 1996. The new bridge was built in 2013 due to the aging bridge below it.


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This Is How We Do It
Performed by
Montell Jordan
Courtesy of Island Def Jam Music Group
Under licence from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
Words and music by Slick Rick (as Ricky M.L. Walters), Oji Pierce and Montell Jordan (as Montell Du'Sean Jordan)
Published by Universal / MCA Music Ltd., The Bicycle Music Company, Inc administered by Bucks Music Group Ltd., (c) 1995 Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp (BMI) and Oji Music (BMI) all rights on behalf of Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. and Oji Music administered by Warner/Chappell North America Ltd.

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Action | Adventure | Biography | Drama | Thriller

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