ByKevin T. Lee, writer at
Kevin T. Lee

"Mount Everest, also known in Nepal as Sagarmāthā and in Tibet as Chomolungma, is Earth's highest mountain. It is located in the Mahalangur section of the Himalayas. Its peak is 8,848 metres above sea level."

The first ascent occurred in May 29, 1953. Filled with successes and disasters, this film tells the story of the 1996 Mt. Everest disaster of weather and mother nature. Following two groups of climbers, the Adventure Consultants and Mountain Madness, with 8 clients in each group. This is a story of survival, motivation, and struggle. Climbers go to Everest with one goal- to summit the highest mountain. Putting their minds and bodies to the test, these two groups of climbers are faced with the most painful yet rewarding journey. Each with their own story, their own reasons for climbing, their own risks.

The road to Mt. Everest
The road to Mt. Everest

A breathtaking story of survival that's a real nail-biter. The scenes throughout the film are very natural, as you take a back seat in this journey as the climbers make the ascent. The best aspect of this film is how no one scene is dramatized more than it needed to be. As an audience member you can feel the emotions of the characters in events taking place but not one scene was so outrageous that it was unbelievable. Knowing it is a treacherous climb, this film did an amazing job of portraying the struggles and the stories behind each character.

This film was inspiring to show such contrasting characters. The movie fortune cookie for me in this movie was:

"To each journey, you will face a different struggle. A strong mind, body, and soul and a bit of luck is crucial in the world."


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