Rent Everest (2015)

3.5 of 5 from 739 ratings
1h 56min
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Synopsis:
Expert mountaineers Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) and Scott Fischer (Jake Gyllenhaal) lead rival expeditions to scale the highest peak on Earth, Mount Everest. Their quest becomes dangerous when the fearless climbers collide head-on with one of the fiercest blizzards in the mountain's history. Faced against impossible conditions, the limits of human spirit and physical endurance are put to the ultimate test in an epic struggle for survival in this chilling, edge-of-your-seat thriller based on actual events.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Nicky Kentish Barnes, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Baltasar Kormákur, Brian Oliver, Tyler Thompson
Writers:
William Nicholson, Simon Beaufoy
Studio:
Universal Pictures
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Classics, Drama, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
18/01/2016
Run Time:
116 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, French, French Audio Description, Hindi, Spanish
Subtitles:
Arabic, Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, Hindi, Icelandic, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Race to the Summit: The Making of 'Everest'
  • Aspiring to Authenticity: The Real Story
BBFC:
Release Date:
18/01/2016
Run Time:
121 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, French, French Audio Description, German, Hindi, Italian, Spanish, Turkish
Subtitles:
Arabic, Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Race to the Summit: The Making of 'Everest'
  • Aspiring to Authenticity: The Real Story
  • Feature Commentary with Director Baltasar Kormakur
  • Learning to Climb
  • A Mountain of Work
BBFC:
Release Date:
18/01/2016
Run Time:
121 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, French, French Audio Description, German, Hindi, Italian, Spanish, Turkish
Subtitles:
Arabic, Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Icelandic, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
BBFC:
Release Date:
Not available for rental

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Reviews (13) of Everest

Not unbalanced - Everest review by AM

Spoiler Alert
17/08/2016

Jon Krakeur's original account (Into Thin Air) of this true story, where he was a journalist being taken up Everest as part of a guided expedition, provoked a furious response in the form of another book 'The Climb' from Anatoli Boukreev, a guide who felt Krakeur's book had unfairly criticised him and other guides. It would be interesting to see what Boukreev, who has since been killed, made of this film. Having read both books, and having some sympathy for Boukreev's perspective I was curious to see whether this film would take sides. I was also terrified they would try and ramp up the action, ignore the tragedy and try and turn it into Cliffhanger. Thankfully, I think it's pretty well balanced, and indeed well-made. The script writer appears well aware of the controversy and tries to tread a middle ground.

If I have criticisms (and obviously I do at 3 stars) it's that it perhaps lacks the heart to truly engage - the characters (sorry, real people being portrayed on screen) lack empathy and the attempts to do so don't really take for me. (unlike Touching the Void, for example)

But if you watched it and want to know more, read both books - not just one.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Would have been better as a documentary - Everest review by William London

Spoiler Alert
06/02/2017

It's not always clear who is in a scene, why they do or decide to do something, or where they are. It would have made a great documentary, but as a movie, it's nothing special.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

Engrossing but flawed - Everest review by Alphaville

Spoiler Alert
01/03/2017

An engrossing, well-mounted account of an ill-fated 1996 Everest expedition. Director Baltasar Kormakur insisted on keeping it real. ‘Please, no acting,’ was his instruction to his actors. The cast dutifully immerse themselves in the snow with gusto and even the Italian Alps make a great understudy for Everest itself.

It seems churlish to carp, but the film’s attempt to remain authentic and true to its real-life participants makes it not without flaws. Firstly, when we’re impatient for the action to start, there’s a long flashback that sets up the backstory of the main participants before they hit the climb. Others in a large cast are so poorly sketched that when there’s a reference to them we don’t who they are. Like Everest itself, the cast is overcrowded.

Secondly, mountaineers wearing heavy gear and goggles in a storm are difficult to distinguish from each other. Among the bit players especially it’s often hard to know who’s who. All of this diminishes audience involvement and makes the viewer feel guilty for not feeling more when a ‘minor’ character (based on a real person) dies.

Given these caveats, Everest is well-made and remains one of the better fact-based mountaineering films.

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