Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain, Everest documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival.
The film starts off with a standard introduction of all the characters. The good thing about it is that it didn't drag that along and got right to the expedition for the most part. As the film got going, we got backstory of some of the characters along the way which doesn't happen very often and that made it feel pretty refreshing. Speaking of characters, the list list of well known actors in the film was really amazing. You have the likes of Jason Clarke, John Hawkes, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal and Robin Wright ALL IN ONE MOVIE! That's not to downplay the rest of the cast either because they were extremely fantastic as well. Going in to this film I was expecting a straight adventure type movie but it ended up being a whole lot more than that. I found myself getting into the film so much that I started to shift myself in my seat so that by the third act I was literally leaning forward and at the edge of my sofa. It got intense and emotional at times and I couldn't help but inject myself into the scenario. I watched the this movie with 2 other people and everybody in the room was emotionally invested in the film. When something can produce that kind of reaction then they definitely got something right. The other thing that they got right was the cinematography. It was wonderfully shot and it really showcased the beautiful, yet dangerous, area of Mt. Everest. I totally recommend checking this out as soon as you can but be prepared for some pretty intense moments. 8/10.
This is the PERFECT film to see in 3D and with the scale of what this film is it would be a crime not to see it that way. When the camera pans across the mountaintops, it looks so realistic that I found myself holding my breath at times because it felt as if I was on a helicopter ride over Everest. As far as I could tell, the color saturation didn't drop at all, which sometimes happens in certain 3D films, and the depth between the foreground and background was astounding.
Learning To Climb: The Actors' Journey - A nice feature that shows what the actors had to go through in preparing for the film and actually climbing on set.
A Mountain Of Work: Recreating Everest - This shows how they actually had to recreate parts of Everest on a soundstage in order to get certain shots.
Race To The Summit: The Making Of Everest - This feature takes a look at the hard times that the cast and crew had while on location, as well as the tight bonds that the cast have with each other.
Aspiring To Authenticity: The Real Story - People that were involved in the Everest tragedy recount their experiences and the cast and crew talk about bringing this story to life.
Feature Commentary With Director Baltasar Kormakur
Be sure to check out Everest on DVD and Blu-ray January 19th!