Everest [2015] ★★★

 timthumb (2)It hurts to watch “Everest”. I have never seen a more powerful story about mountain climbers and I can’t count how many times the movie forced the audience to look away. Director Baltasar Kormakur, his actors and cinematographer outdid themselves to bring this gripping story to the screen, and they have much to be proud of. The reenactment of the harrowing real-life events that occurred in 1996 are as believable as any movie could hope to be, and even though the final result is less than perfect, I was still on the edge of my seat. Jason Clark plays Rob Hall, the leader of the expedition that started its ascent toward the summit of Mount Everest. Faced with a fierce blizzard, the team must fight for survival or perish on that mountain. Shot on location in Nepal, this pulse pounding film raises the bar on climbing suspense. It may be a tough movie to watch but it’s also a rewarding one. It’s thought provoking to watch this dramatization of the obstacles these brave men had to face to reach the top. Baltasar Kormakur was determined to do justice to them, and he has succeeded. Just hang on for the ride.

Rating: 3/4

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