Baltasar Kormakur (2015)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Based on tragic events from 1996, this story of survival on the world's highest mountain feels surprisingly small. Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur (2 Guns)assembles a big-name cast, including Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Robin Wright, Emily Watson and Josh Brolin, but he doesn't give them the material to really dig deep into the terror-stricken souls of those caught up in a perfect snow storm at 29,000ft. Brolin has the most screen time as a wealthy depressive, but even his story judders to a halt once Mother Nature traps him in the so-called "death zone" where the air is perilously thin. There are hints that the drive to commercialise Everest (affording access to less experienced climbers) made disaster inevitable but these threads are also left hanging loose. Kormakur struggles with keeping track of all the players and pacing the action - even the visual sweep you'd expect is lacking. The biggest obstacle, though, is the passive response of all involved. Some are literally frozen, but with so little introspection, their ordeal just leaves you stone cold.


Two expeditions set out to climb to the summit of the world's highest mountain. Both parties of mountaineers get caught in one of the fiercest snowstorms ever recorded, and face a desperate struggle to survive against the elements. Fact-based adventure, starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal and Keira Knightley.

Cast & Crew

Rob Hall Jason Clarke
Beck Weathers Josh Brolin
Scott Fischer Jake Gyllenhaal
Jan Arnold Keira Knightley
Doug Hansen John Hawkes
Peach Weathers Robin Wright
Guy Cotter Sam Worthington
Helen Wilton Emily Watson
Director Baltasar Kormakur
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 18 Sep 2015