‘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


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