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The film's world premiere took place on September 2, 2015 at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival in the Sala Grande at the city's Palazzo del Cinema in Venice. Filmed in 3D and directed by Baltasar Kormákur and written by William Nicholson known for Gladiator and Les Misérables and Simon Beaufoy known for Slumdog Millionare and The Hunger Games: Catching fire. So with that caliber of writing talent how could this be anything but a great movie. The Movie centers around the actual 1996 Mount Everest Disaster. The main focus of the movie is the summit and survival attempts of two expedition groups, the one led by Scott Fischer (played by Gyllenhaal), and the one led by Rob Hall (played by Clarke). This is a straight forward film with two groups of teams trying to reach the summit and we experience the extreme conditions they have to go through to reach the summit. Watching the disaster unfold is a uncomfortable experience and left me with one main question: "Why would you want to do this"? Which the house doctor Caroline Mackenzie played by (Elizabeth Debicki) asks and still doesn't quite get an answer. I found it extremely hard to invest in these characters because I clearly don't understand why you would risk your money, life and many others lives to do this, but there are many people out there that would and that's why they are telling their story with Everest. On this expedition Yasuko Namba was the first woman in the world to climb all 7 summits at 47. She made it to the summit but never made it down along with 8 others including the experienced tour leader Rob Hall. We did find the story of Namba interesting and almost could be the subject of a whole other movie. Everest is an intense movie about pushing physical limits and risking your life. If you are a thrill seeker then maybe this movie would resinate in you. Eversest opens nationwide September 18th.


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