‘Everest’ reaches the summit
Anyone who leaves this mountaineering disaster drama with a dry eye must be a cold case.
With its Kiwi links, the film is heavy on emotion as a group of climbers led by Rob Hall are stranded on Mt Everest when the mother of all storms strikes.
Just why perfectly healthy people want to leave their fireplaces to endure oxygen debt and endanger their limbs through
‘‘The film is heavy on emotion.’’
frostbite beats me.
Hall had led similar expeditions with his Adventure Consultants enterprise and with this film you feel as if you are actually on the mountain, even more so in 3D.
Brilliantly filmed, it is one of the movies of the year, even if some of the dialogue tends to be American cheesy rather than Kiwi understatement.
The star cast big budget film explains but doesn’t dwell on the mistakes made on those few days in 1996.
Hall is portrayed by Aussie Jason Clarke. Emma Watson and Keira Knightley cleverly flatten their vowels to speak New Zild. American Jake Gyllenhaal plays another expedition leader, and Josh Brolin plays an American doctor who goes through hell up in the snow and ice. Watch for him crossing a crevasse, and for those with sweaty palms, prepare for the helicopter scene. New Zealand actor Martin Henderson also has a major role.
One of my heroes though is played by Scandinavian actor
Ingvar Egvert Sigurrson as a tough guy who doesn’t bother with oxygen.
Filmed in Italy, Nepal and Iceland, it was apparently an exhausting and dangerous shoot, and this is compellingly conveyed. Everest only goes to reinforce the feat of Edmund Hillary conquering Everest in 1953 when there were no rope belays in place, no furnished base camps, no ladders permanently crossing huge crevasses and no satellite phones. A must-see for anyone with cold feet.
Kiwi mountaineer Rob Hall, played by Aussie actor Jason Clarke, takes on the slopes in the real life thriller,
(M) 2hrs 1min Directed by Baltasar Kormakur Reviewed by Peter Lampp