In May 1996, several groups of climbers from many nationalities came together to climb Mt. Everest. During this time, a giant storm hit the mountain leaving many to the mercy of the elements. Some of these people survived, but some lost their lives. This is the story of these brave adventurers.
Everest is the tale of 2 halves. The first half is pretty generic and plain as we are introduced to several characters as the story is set up. We learn about loved ones these people are leaving behind at home. We learn about the basic ideas of climbing the mountain. It’s pretty straight forward and might bore some viewers before they even reach the meat of the story. However, I strongly advise that you don’t turn away, as the 2nd half makes up for the lackluster first many times over. This is where the adventure side takes over as obstacles are overcome and near-death experiences are around ever corner. The “true story” aspect really comes to life and, trust me, you will have a strong urge to get out Wikipedia to learn more about these brave people. The visuals are great, but I warn you, you see A LOT of snow!
I didn’t expect Everest to be as emotional and gripping as it was. I expected intense moments and plenty of disaster (like Twister), but I didn’t expect the amount of investment my heart would have watching these people struggle to live. For those of you that didn’t like movies such as Gravity or No Escape, you probably won’t like Everest due to the high tension and emotional output you will endure. For those of you that what to learn about a true story from 20 years ago, and enjoy watching a thrilling adventure, then you will find this movie gripping and of high quality. It is hard to call Everest “entertaining” due to the subject matter, but trust me, it is worth the watch as it is both humbling and educational. Starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gylenhaal, Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Emily Watson, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson, Tom Goodman-Hill, Chris Reilly, Naoko Mori, Michael Kelly, Mark Derwin, Justin Salinger, Vanessa Kirby, and Robin Wright.
7/10 Stars – Visually appealing and emotionally gripping, this simple story of survival is both humbling and educational.