Baltasar Kormakur (2015)

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Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur is drawn to terror spawned by elemental peril, as seen with 2012 survival drama The Deep and his snowbound TV drama Trapped, so it's no surprise that his most ambitious English-language feature to date is an epic mountaineering nailbiter based on the real-life events that took place on a blizzard-hit Everest in 1996. He re-stages the climbers' tragic journey steadfastly and clearly (no mean feat in a snowstorm when everybody's wearing outdoor kit), and benefits from a screenplay by William Nicholson and Simon Beaufoy that matches the vertiginous action with the emotional fallout of an adventure gone tragically wrong. Unless you know the destiny of the actual individuals - Josh Brolin's determined amateur, Jake Gyllenhaal's cocky rival, Jason Clarke's expedition leader (whose pregnant wife, played by Keira Knightley, waits for him at home) - you'll be gripped by the fateful climb, shot in freezing temperatures in the Austrian Alps, Iceland and Nepal. Implicitly critical of the sheer conveyor-belt nature of the now-commercialised climb, Everest offers a cautionary tale about thrill-seeking that sadly still resonates in the present.


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