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Everest

  • Action
  • Documentary and factual
  • 2015
  • Baltasar Kormakur
  • 116 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Adventure thriller based on a true story, starring Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke and Robin Wright. In 1996, climbers from two expeditions simultaneously embark on a final push to reach Everest's summit. But with this being one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on earth where too long on the mountain will kill you, the last thing the explorers need is a life-threatening blizzard.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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' 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.

Credits

Cast

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Beck WeathersJosh Brolin
Scott FischerJake Gyllenhaal
Rob HallJason Clarke (2)
Peach WeathersRobin Wright
Helen WiltonEmily Watson
Jan ArnoldKeira Knightley
Guy CotterSam Worthington
Jon KrakauerMichael Kelly (2)
Doug HansenJohn Hawkes
Caroline MacKenzieElizabeth Debicki
Yasuko NambaNaoko Mori
Andy "Harold" HarrisMartin Henderson
Michael GroomThomas M Wright
Neal BeidlemanTom Goodman-Hill
Ed ViestursClive Standen
Sandy Hill PittmanVanessa Kirby
Meg WeathersMia Goth
Anatoli BoukreevIngvar E Sigurdsson

Crew

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DirectorBaltasar Kormakur

Details

Theatrical distributor
Universal
Released on
2015-09-18
Languages
English | Russian
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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