Everest is a sober retelling of the events around two expeditions to summit the highest point on Earth on 10 May 1996 – often referred to as the 1996 Mount Everest disaster.
The film follows mountaineering guide Rob Hall (played by Jason Clarke) as he prepares and leads a team of eight clients and three guides up Everest. Along the way Hall partners with guide Scott Fisher (Jake Gyllenhaal) in an attempt to ease the ascent, as the high volume of people attempting to reach the summit creates a bottleneck, making the journey more difficult.
The summit, Hall’s fifth, then takes a turn for the worse when a storm interferes with their descent and members of the team are forced to make life-changing desitions.
Is it worth watching?
In a word: yes. Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur shoots human interaction in close framing and the mountain and surrounds with awe-inspiring wide shots.
Everest was shot largely in Nepal at the mountain’s basecamp, giving the viewer an appreciation for the area’s real beauty.
The characters are well established at the beginning of the film. The close shots and realistic dialogue quickly build a rapport between viewer and characters, making their journey more believable.
The film introduces viewers to commercialisation of expeditions up Everest. It also deals with the realities of attempting to reach the summit.
Aventure-seekers and living-room travellers alike will gasp at how well Kormákur depicts the physical feat of summiting the world’s highest mountain, while retelling the story with fair accuracy and tact.
When is it in cinemas?
Everest will be released this Friday, 18 September. It stars Jason Clarke, Keira Knightley and Jake Gyllenhaal. The total run time is 2 hours and 2 minutes.
If you’ve got some money to spend, watch Everest at Ster-Kinekor’s Imax.