Everest

Out Now On-Demand

The most dangerous place on earth.

Mountaineering thriller, based on the 1996 Mt Everest disaster where eight climbers were caught in a vicious blizzard in the most unforgiving of environments. Jason Clarke (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) is Kiwi mountaineer Rob Hall, Keira Knightley plays his pregnant wife who waits at home in Christchurch for updates, Jake Gyllenhaal is American guide Scott Fischer. Co-stars Emily Watson, Josh Brolin, Martin Henderson, Robin Wright and Sam Worthington.

Between Robert Zemeckis’ upcoming The Walk and this struggle for survival atop the planet’s highest mountain, fans of vertiginous cinema experiences are well served for spectacle this year, especially when writ large across IMAX screens. From its title onwards, Everest doesn’t muck about. Like 2013's Sir Ed docu-drama Beyond the Edge, it thrives on sometimes treating, sometimes terrifying the audience with the sheer scale and spectacle of the awe-inspiring Himalayan peak.

Past that, Everest faces a few challenges of its own in following tragic true story over triumphant. The demise of Kiwi mountaineer Rob Hall is familiar to this part of the world, and while no amount of current affairs coverage over the years can compete with the impact of this spectacular contemporary recreation, the ending will be a foregone conclusion for many, stealing much impact from the film.

While it’s welcome to see Hollywood blockbuster-style filmmaking used in service of bringing “the most dangerous place on Earth” to life, as the film’s talented ensemble battles an unfortunate mix of extreme elements and questionable decision-making, Everest itself struggles in search of a narratively satisfying finale.

As one expedition member after another succumbs to the punishing conditions – some suddenly, others less so – events are recounted either matter-of-factly or with grim fascination, cumulatively adding up to an uncomfortable onscreen tally of real people who actually died. There’s little to entertain or find especially heroic in Everest’s concluding scenes. Instead, a sense of futile tragedy settles in, rendered even more potent over the course of Hall’s final interactions with his pregnant wife.

Is Everest the villain? Is hubris? Does the film have one, or need one, at all? These are but some of the questions that lingered after this somewhat puzzling, if ever-watchable, experience.

Time Out London

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The craft of this film is astonishing...

Hollywood Reporter

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A disaster movie in the old Hollywood sense of the term, but it doesn't feel like one. And that's a good thing.

Variety (USA)

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Blunt, businesslike and — as it begins its long march through the death zone — something of an achievement.

Telegraph (UK)

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It never makes the crucial leap from the screen into your bones.

Guardian (UK)

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A frustrating movie in many ways... it doesn’t quite deliver the edge-of-your-seat thrills that many were hoping for...

Little White Lies (UK)

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A big, brassy '70s-style disaster movie which wears its clichés lightly and packs a hefty emotional punch.

Stuff.co.nz (Graeme Tuckett)

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A monumentally spectacular film.

Almost Reached the Summit

A fascinating observation of the Everest disaster but no more than that. With a tragedy of this magnitude you would expect that by the end your heart strings would have been pulled every which way and your eyes would be running over. But in the end, you just don't care enough for the characters on the mountain. Underwhelming.


Slowly we are getting nearer the truth about the 1996 Everest disaster

I applaud Working Title for breaking new ground and not sticking to the 'Into Thin Air' version of the 1996 Everest tragedy, which is maybe why this book is not in this film's Credits, something that has not gone unnoticed by some professional reviewers.

Working Title/the Director referred to Jon Krakauer as 'a writer who just happened to be on the mountain at the time'. To learn more about what actually caused this seminal event you will need to read 'A Day to Die For' and 'After the Wind'. Well done Working Title and Baltasar Kormakur for daring to break the mold!


Mountain Movie

Everest

Like the book I read “View from the Top” by Sir Ed Hilary, it explains a lot about what they go through up there. Similar to ‘Cliffhanger’, 'North Face’ or ‘Vertical Limit’. Loved the fact it’s about a Kiwi and enjoyed the acting and scenery. Way too real for what I hoping, but still a great watch. I need to read “Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer, as that’s be a good read.

Genre : Drama, hope, adventure

4/5 : wasn’t quite as uplifting as I’d hoped it would be, even knowing the outcome.


Poignant Movie

Very sensitive portrayal of real events. Great scenery! Such an epic film and wow my eyes have opened up to what hell the people who climb Everest go through.


Everest is gripping in the moment, but ultimately it's as thin as the air up there...

From moment-to-moment Everest is often gripping and, to its considerable credit, stubbornly resists the urge to ‘juice up’ the events it depicts with crude Hollywood triumphalism. But the film has nothing to substitute in the place of the typical Hollywood trajectory except grim reality which (of course) refuses to deliver a satisfying conclusion. When it should be powering home, the final third of Everest is content to drift slowly towards the moment that the cameras are switched off – rather than end, it just stops.

Anyone who has seen the movie or its trailers will remember Josh Brolin helplessly dangling over a yawning chasm from a frighteningly flimsy-looking ladder. That image is the perfect metaphor for Everest – gripping in the moment, but ultimately stranded between two poles. As a high-altitude, white-knuckle thriller its problematic final act robs it of the primal gut-punch that the best thrillers have, and as an eye-popping spectacle its visual splendour is constantly obscured by the dark cloud of the real-life tragedy it depicts.


Everest The Movie

I would recommend this film for all to see. For me it was a chance to get a rare glimpse into the world of mountaineering, up close and personal. The cinematography was absolutely stunning, from the cast, people, scenery and the settings, it was quite difficult to concentrate on the interaction between actors without becoming distracted by the setting and environment. One could not help also being aware of the recent earthquake in the Himalayas. The film was a tearjerker, an earlier reviewer mentions being there, making to the top and that is exactly how I felt as well.

This viewing was in 2D and I gave it five stars.


Awe inspiring and Brutal

As someone in my party said 'I never wanted to do this before and I CERTAINLY don't want to do it now" From the get-go you know this will all end in tears but watching as this disaster unfolds is mesmerizing and in 3D on IMAX you feel as though you are right there with them. The actors all do an okay job but the real star of this is Everest and now I've been up it I can cross it off my bucket list!