Everest, American/Uk/Iceland movie (2015)

Mountainclimbing. I have never understood the appeal that some people have to climb a rock, and risk your life in the process. Me, I get tired by just climbing a bunch of stairs. But even though I might not understand it, I do have an enormous amount of respect for the people that do it. It amazes me at times, the incredible feats a human being is capable of, and the will he or she has in order to survive. And that brings me in a roundabout way to the movie Everest.

Everest is based on a true story that occurred in 1996. Rob Hall, portrayed by actor Jason Clarke, takes an expedition up to the top of the legendary mountain. What starts off as a routine, but still very dangerous climb, soon turns into something right out of a nightmare. A severe storm hits the top of the mountain, and the expedition is caught right in the middle of it. Stranded and left with little to no means of survival, the question becomes who is going to make it out? It becomes clear that not everyone will….

The star of this movie is most certainly the majestic scenery. Wide and incredibly beautiful landscapes are caught in all their extraordinary glory on film. This alone makes the movie well worth watching. The movie is not without it’s flaws though. For one thing, it tries to be too many things in one film. Part documentary, part drama, part actionmovie, it is never quite clear in which direction the director wanted to take this film. Jason Clarke, not one of my favorite actors, does do a very impressive job in playing the role of Rob Hall. The other actor worthy of note is Josh Brolin, in the role of Beck Weathers. Without giving away any spoilers, it was his story that impressed me the most. Everest does shine in the last 50 minutes, as the struggle for survival of all the characters caught in the storm, is being played out in often very tragic ways. The first half of the movie however, was at times very slow. I do understand what they were trying to accomplish by letting you get to know the characters, but I am not sure that it worked entirely. Some of the characters just had too little screentime to really get a bond with them.

Ultimately though, this movie was certainly enjoyable. Even though it takes it’s time to get started, you still feel the sense of impending doom creeping ever closer. And that keeps you glued to the screen. I do think that they payed an enormous amount of respect to the people who lost their lives in 1996, and that also gives this movie credits.

I give this movie a 7 out of 10 score.

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