2015 ( UK | USA | Iceland) ( ADVENTURE, Biography, DRAMA )
Starring: Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright
Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Top-flight cinematography by Salvatore Totino, deftly edited by Mick Audsley, lends gravitas to Baltasar Kormákur’s tale of mountaintop disaster. Jason Clarke is the leader of an “adventure consultants”’ climb beset by bad weather and overcrowding. This thrilling, exhausting and ultimately devastating movie tells the story of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster that claimed the lives of eight climbers from several countries. Everest conveys the climbers’ ordeal on the mountain’s treacherous slopes with bone-chilling immediacy. And what they go through is truly harrowing – trapped by a blizzard in the Death Zone and left to battle hypothermia, hypoxia, frostbite and other perils.
As the wind whips and howls around the summit, you really do feel you are there on the mountain – and are desperately thankful that you are not.