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Sound Off: Baltasar Kormákur's 'Everest' 3D Adventure - Thoughts?

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September 18, 2015

Everest

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Never let go! Now playing in theaters everywhere is Everest, a 3D adventure from filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur. Telling the story of the 1996 expedition to Everest documented in Jon Krakauer's book "Into Thin Air", Everest is a cinematic version of that story - being presented in IMAX 3D in many locations worldwide. Michael Kelly plays Jon Krakauer, with Jason Clarke starring as New Zealand guide Rob Hall who leads the team. Also with Martin Henderson, John Hawkes, Emily Watson, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Josh Brolin and Jake Gyllenhaal. So - is it intense? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Baltasar Kormákur's Everest.

Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also encourage all commenters to keep major spoilers from the film to a minimum, if possible. However, this is an open discussion from this point on! Beware of spoilers, don't ruin this movie!

(Note: screened in IMAX 3D.) To fire up some O and acclimatize, I thought Everest was a solid film but felt like it was missing something, lacking some substance. It's a very straightforward telling of the tragic story of an Everest expedition gone bad, with a horrible storm ripping through at the wrong possible time. It's nicely shot, the performances are strong across the board, but it's very lightweight on any other aspects. It's very intense at times and lives up to the adventure aspect in showing just how treacherous and challenging it all is. I'm very glad they featured some Sherpas in the movie, actually played by real Sherpas, but they gloss over them and barely even get introduced. Overall it worked well, but never exceeded my expectations.

What's interesting about this expedition and why it's so historic in Everest history is that it was one of the first big commercial tragedies (ever since guides started taking clients up) due to some odd decisions made throughout, which the movie shows - fights with other teams, missing ropes, and the traffic jam/confusion at the final point. However, the film never really leans in on any direction regarding any feeling about the situation - never hinting at how bad the commercialization of climbing is, resulting in amateur climbers, and overcrowding. It mostly just says, hey some people made some weird choices, and lost their lives for it, but they're still people. It needed more of an angle in any direction. It felt like it was in there at one point, but the film was edited down to be so straightforward, it's missing that edge now. Lacking something more.

Everest

What did you think of Baltasar Kormákur's Everest? An incredible experience, or total bore?
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  • DAVIDPD
    Comes out next month here in Korea. Can't wait!!~
    • Sohyun
      Times Square it up at CGV in Yeongdungpo lol
      • DAVIDPD
        I just might! Haha!!~ I live in Mapo-gu...but I love that enormous screen at CGV Yeundeungpo.
  • Huck PS
    Comes out at in less than two weeks here in Europe. We're looking forward to go see it, very much!
  • Payne by name
    I have to admit that it isn't a film that's firing me up to go and see it. I just find that most mountainaineering films leave me a little bored and non involved.
    • I was hoping this one was a bit more exciting and involving than the others, really showing how intense and challenging it is. But it felt like they tamed it down. I could almost see the cuts where a few extra snips or scenes showed more, but didn't make it in the final version, which is sadly lacking an edge that it needed.
      • Payne by name
        It's had a funny marketing campaign in the UK. The big billboard poster shows the team crossing this ravine on a rickety ladder with the heading 'the most dangerous place on earth'. I couldn't help thinking that in the image it's actually the rickety ladder and not the ravine, that looks dangerous. Just an example of the difficulty of making these films connect with an audience.
  • Rick
    Saw it last night, and although I agree with all your points Alex, i really enjoyed this movie and when it was over it felt like a really intense ride. I might be a bit biased as I am going to Nepal next month but my friends thought it was an intense but enjoyable movie as well.
  • tyban81
    The story isn't that strong but I loved it. The cast made me more interested and kept my watching the movie. I saw one preview and saw nothing else before seeing it. Clarke, Hawkes, Kelly, Watson, Knightley, Brolin, and Gyllenhaal all kept this movie going and made it for me. Go watch it.
  • Sohyun
    IMHO Cliffhanger is still the best Mt. movie to date.

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