Review: Set in 1996 a group of expeditionaries attempt to climb Mount Everest. They have to battle through severe snow storms and more.
Director: Baltasar Kormakur
Actors: Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M.Wright, Emily Watson, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Elizabeth Debicki, Josh Brolin and Jake Gyllenhaal
Genre: Adventure, Biography and Drama
I can’t remember watching a film and feeling so tense. This film was based on various books about the 1996 Mount Everest Disaster, as well as some audio recordings from that day. The book it was initially based on was “Left for Dead”, by Beck Weathers. Even though this film is based on the disaster in 1996 there was an avalanche on Everest which killed 16 people which took place on April 18th 2014. Filming had to be postponed. This was worse than the 1996 disaster. In some ways this film reminded me of The Perfect Storm (2000) as that was also a true story and had dire consequences. The cinematography in this is incredible. Very well edited. The script was brilliantly written. I did find it confusing sometimes as to who the characters were and what role they had in the film. I did find there to be a few too many characters and sometimes they were all on the screen at once. I would have liked to have got to know a few of the individuals themselves. Some of them looked the same to me or very similar to each other. It is a fantastic ensemble cast but the one that stood out for me was Emily Watson. When Emily Watson was on screen it all came alive and all seemed so real to me. It felt like I was actually there in the room with her. She is able to tell the story just through her facial expressions. Christian Bale was attached to be in this film but dropped out. The themes that feature in this film are bravery, human spirit and basically a matter of survival.