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Everest boasts all the dizzying cinematography a person could hope to get out a movie about mountain climbers, even if it's content to tread less challenging narrative terrain.



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2 Guns helmer Baltasar Kormakur directs Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke, and John Hawkes in this adventure docudrama set in 1996, when a number of simultaneous expeditions up Mount Everest resulted in the deaths of eight climbers. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Jake Gyllenhaal
as Scott Fischer
Jason Clarke
as Rob Hall
John Hawkes
as Doug Hansen
Josh Brolin
as Beck Weathers
Robin Wright
as Peach Weathers
Keira Knightley
as Jan Arnold
Vanessa Kirby
as Sandy Hill Pittman
Clive Standen
as Ed Viesturs
Ang Phula Sherpa
as Ang Dorjee
Thomas M. Wright
as Michael Groom
Martin Henderson
as Andy 'Harold' Harris
Tom Goodman-Hill
as Hill-Neal Beidleman
Charlotte Boving
as Lene Gammelgaard
Pemba Sherpa
as Lopsang
Amy Shindler
as Charlotte Fox
Harrison Simon
as Tim Madsen
Chris Reilly
as Klev Schoening
Naoko Mori
as Yasuko Namba
Michael Kelly
as Jon Krakauer
Tim Dantay
as John Taske
Todd Boyce
as Frank Fischbeck
Mark Derwin
as Lou Kasischke
Emily Watson
as Helen Wilton
Sam Worthington
as Guy Cotter
Elizabeth Debicki
as Caroline Mackenzie
Justin Salinger
as Ian Woodall
Mia Goth
as Meg Weathers
Baltasar Kormákur
as Bub Weathers
Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson
as Anatoli Boukreev
Demitri Goritsas
as Stuart Hutchison
Chike Chan
as Makalu Gau
Micah Hauptman
as David Breashears
Lucy Newman-Williams
as Williams-Linda
Vijay Lama
as Colonel Madan
Avin Shah
as Co-Pilot
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  • Jun 04, 2016
    Been a while since I've said this, but I feel that this movie would've been a better documentary than it made a film with actors and creative liberties. There's actually a documentary on the 1996 Everest disaster itself that was narrated by Liam Neeson. I think it was being shot at the same time that the 96 season was taking place and it was obviously a documentary on the mountain itself and not the tragedy itself, since they obviously couldn't have predicted it. I haven't actually seen that documentary, but I would very much like to. I'm not saying this film isn't bad, because it's actually quite good, since I do think it captures the wonderment that these people have in trying to reach the top of Everest. It also captures the completely harrowing ordeal it must be like to reach a point on earth that no human being should ever, through natural causes, ever be able to reach. And, lastly, it also captures the struggle for survival when faced with the most extreme conditions possible. Super cold weather, storms that don't allow you to see in front of you, frostbite, lack of oxygen, etc, etc, etc. While I would never expose myself to such extreme conditions, I tip my hat off to those that do, they deserve my respect. So the film really did manage to find a balance between all those very tricky themes. Maybe it isn't necessarily tricky since, at least the first two, are interconnected. What I do think the film could've done a better job at is showing the effect these mountaineers desires have on their loved ones. I do think they try to show some of it, what with Rob's pregnant wife being involved in the proceedings, at least from a phone, and Beck's wife, but I don't think they really get a good grasp on how, in some ways, selfish some of this stuff really is. At least in Rob's case it was his job and he loved doing, as did his wife since she was also a climber. Beck's case is another entirely. This is a man who not only has a wife, but he also has two kids with this woman. And she's, essentially, raising them alone while her husband gets to go out and chase his dreams. Not that he's not allowed to, but he's also a man with responsibilities and he's, essentially, neglecting those responsibilities. The film could've done much more with that, because there's really not much done in terms of character development. It's very one-dimensional. Rob is presented as the sweetest man on earth, but the only thing about his character that's meaningful is that he has a pregnant wife. I don't think that that's doing justice to the real life person, whose tragic death this film chose to portray. Scott Fischer is just Rob's rival. Doug is just a guy who wants to reach the summit because some schoolchildren helped raise funds for his expedition. Beck is just a man with kids. I could go on and on and on and on about how they didn't do the real life people justice. But they really just did the bare minimum they could to get by. And I'm not saying that it didn't work, because I'm sure it did for some people. I just think they relied way too much on the survival aspects of the film instead of also trying to make you care for the characters. I mean they do try to make you care, but it's done in a way that's more like pandering as opposed to developing characters that you have some sort of attachment to. This is why I think a documentary is better, because you'd get to hear it from the people who knew those that died on the expedition or those that survived it. They could tell you how these people really were instead of having the characters be one-dimensional in a film that, I'm sure, took some liberties with the source. This is a story that deserves to be told, but it deserves to be told in a way that's superior to this. I hate to seem like I'm complaining about this film because, all in all, I actually though it was a pretty good movie. But I just felt that given the both tragic and inspirational story of survival in the face of the harshest conditions on earth, that this should've been a considerably better movie. The acting is more than solid, I can't complain about that in the slightest. The onus isn't on the cast at all. It's on the writing and the handling of the characters. I just felt that they could've done so much more. The cinematography is absolutely excellent, they do a great job at really transporting you to this place and showing you how absolutely insane it is to actually attempt to reach the summit. I wanted this film to be amazing, I really did, but the script had other ideas. The film is visually dazzling and strongly acted, but it lacked the narrative depth that the people that really went through this deserved. With that said, this is a pretty good movie. Just one that should've been considerably better. I'd recommend it if it ever hits Netflix.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Apr 05, 2016
    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Mar 19, 2016
    Based on a true story, Everest is a captivating drama about one of the deadliest disasters that occurred on Mount Everest. The story follows experienced mountain guide Robert Hall as he trains and leads an expedition up to the summit of Mount Everest, but a series of misfortunes and severe weather leaves several climbers stranded and forced to fight for their lives as rescue attempts to get to them before they suffocate or freeze to death. Featuring an all-star cast that includes Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson, and Jake Gyllenhaal, the performances are extraordinarily good. And director Baltasar Kormakur does an incredible job at capturing the size and scope of the mountain, along with its dangers. However, the film has some problems keeping track of where the characters are, both relative to each other and the mountain at large. Yet despite a few storytelling issues, Everest is a compelling film about man's determination to overcome impossible odds and will to survive.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 29, 2016
    Bleak, chilling, and well-told, Everest is a movie that tells a story filled with heroism, tragedy and wonderment, much like its namesake. The film tells the story of the ill-fated 1996 quest to summit the mountain, the one in which writer John Krakuer embedded to bring forth a first-person account of such a daring and, some would say, arrogant adventure. What I appreciated most about Everest was that it was more than a by-the-numbers "based on a true story" tragedy. Instead, it took good care transporting the audience to what it was like on the Mountain. Much like the world the climbers were escaping, the Mountain was full of rivalries and big egos, all vying for position for the vaunted summit. The film relates these dynamics well and with respect. The climb, relentlessly foreboding and arduous, is captured like I haven't seen before. We see the drive, the futility, and the ambition that propels the climbers forward in which doom awaits. The characterizations are effective and the film is anything if not impacting. There is a criticism to be had that Everest is a bit too stuffed, overcrowded with characters and therefore hard to track with. I think part of this speaks to the film's authenticity and the wish to give everyone their due, but there is certainly some validity to it. We don't completely identify with everyone because there are so many things going on, the film has to juggle with timelines, events, and personal tragedies, all within a limited time. What we do get, however, feels real-with very strong performances and themes that can resonate with anyone. 4/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer

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