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Millions of years ago, the world was made up of one supercontinent called Pangea. Over the course of those millions of years, that enormous land mass broke up to form continents. Those continents would collide with one another and produce mountains. Some of these mountains are very difficult for people to climb up.
Everest tells the true story of a group of climbers who attempted to ascend the titular tallest mountain on Earth in May of 1996, with tragic consequences.
When people say “Everest is the tallest Mountain on the Planet”, one forgets just how tall that is. It is a genuinely humbling thing that there is a place so hostile and magnificent in our world. Hundreds attempt to climb Mount Everest every year. One in every Four don’t make it home.
This majestic terror is captured wonderfully in Everest. I saw this movie in Cineworld Superscreen in 3D and it just made me feel like I was on the mountain with these climbers. A few times my mouth dropped at the beauty of the whole thing.
The climbers are brought to life very well by an excellent cast. Every loss and victory felt palpable to me. That’s no small feat when dealing with a relatively large group of people.
What helps this is the amount of time we spend with them. It takes quite a while for us to get onto the mountain and even then, we are with these people through the entirety of their preparation process for the ascent.
This I feel is both the film’s greatest strength and its greatest weakness. On one hand it is great to have this amount of character development for characters we are to feel such joy and pain with. We learn why they want to risk so much for this trek and who they are. It also adds to one’s idea of how hard climbing Everest is, with all this time used to prepare these people for the ordeal.
However, I did feel that some of this time was not entirely necessary for us to care for them. The runtime could probably have shed a few minutes.
I say that, but by all accounts this is an accurate depiction of the events of 1996. And in respect to those involved I feel the filmmakers required accuracy and delicacy in this portrayal and that may have required the longer runtime.
Everest is a highly moving and suspenseful film. It is a movie where I often couldn’t believe my eyes at the visual spectacle of the mountain and couldn’t believe that the story it told was true.
Recommended Scenario: If you don’t have a fear of heights.
If what I have written tells you that you would like this film, you can book tickets to see it at your local Cineworld here.