EVEREST IS A SOBERING CHARACTER STORY PACKED WITH BRAVERY, HORROR, AND HUMILITY – AS WELL AS THRILLING TENSION.
Based on true events of the “1996 Everest Disaster,” along with accounts from surviving members of the team and climbing experts, Baltasar Kormákur’s (2 Guns) Everest biopic attempts to turn tragedy into enthralling character drama. It’s a tricky line, especially given that experts have conflicting opinions about how the disaster could have been avoided and who, exactly, is to blame; yet, Kormákur and screenwriters William Nicholson (Unbroken) and Simon Beaufoy are able to provide a relatively balanced, and thrilling, account of the tragic May 10th expedition – with insight into how and why climbers even attempt to summit Everest (even though nearly one-in-four will perish in their endeavor).
Everest is playing in both 3D as well as IMAX 3D and there’s no question that Kormákur takes advantage of the premium formats. That said, moviegoers looking for “noticeable” 3D will find that the director favors subtle depth-of-field instead of pop-out gimmicks. Still, thanks to the mountain’s vertigo-inducing height, there are plenty of memorable shots and tense scenes that are made even more immersive with a bigger screen, robust sound, and 3D visuals.
In an industry that is already packed with triumphant tales of men and women surviving nature along with over-the-top CGI natural disasters, Everest is a sobering character story packed with bravery, horror, and humility – as well as thrilling tension. At times, Kormákur struggles to balance the titular mountain, the living, and the dead in Everest‘s final act but, even when the film falls short of paying-off individual characters or ideas, it still delivers a thought-provoking viewing experience – not to mention insight as well as honor to the men and women who have lost their lives testing their vitality against Earth’s deadliest climb for nearly a century