The Summit 2013 R CC

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This film tells the thrilling story of the deadliest day on the world's most dangerous mountain, when 11 climbers mysteriously perished on K2.

Christine Barnes, Hoselito Bite
1 hour 43 minutes

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The Summit

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Product Details

Genres Adventure, Documentary
Director Nick Ryan
Starring Christine Barnes, Hoselito Bite
Supporting actors Marco Confortola, Pat Falvey, Niall Foley, Stefan Grossniklaus, Pasang Lama, Tshering Lama, J.J. McDonnell, Hristo Mitzkov, Johannes Moser, Lars Nessa, Damien O'Brien, Lochlainn O'Mearain, Garrett Philipps, Chhiring Dorje Sherpa, Pemba Gyalje Sherpa, Cecilie Skog, Annie Starkey, Fredrik Strang
Studio Sundance Selects
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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That and inexperienced climbers.
Peter Dwyer
It's hard to say because the camera panned far too fast and the scenes jumped too quickly.
I was left wondering what the point of this film was, for it serves no apparent purpose.
R. Proulx

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Abysis212 on January 21, 2014
Format: DVD
A fascinating documentary of the tragedy of 2008 expedition on K2. This movie was engaging in content though poorly organized in terms of presentation.

I love a good mountain climbing and survival movie. Touching the Void is my favorite documentary in the harrowing high altitude category. The Summit, which was apparently produced by the same company, attempts to use a similar approach to telling their story. They interview survivors, use found footage, and film on location and elsewhere a recreation of events. While the story itself is fascinating, the cinematography and found footage excellent, the overall organization and presentation is choppy and often frustrating. The 2008 story is interspliced with the account of Walter Bonatti from a 1954 Italian expedition on K2. Just as one story starts to get interesting the filmmakers cut back to the other. Often in films this has the effect of building suspense and intrigue but here it manages to destroy the momentum of both stories and over time achieve a slightly maddening effect. Furthermore the 2008 story bounces around in time a lot with the same footage getting shown on several occasions. It again draws more attention to the production choices and away from the story itself. A more linear approach to the story telling would have been better.

The movie also lacks the intimacy and depth that Touching the Void was able to achieve. Perhaps because so many people are involved, perhaps because its a different director. I don't know. However, there are a couple real gems of people to be found in this movie. Pemba, the Nepalese climber, who, for his heroism, was later named Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic is one of them.

Overall, the movie kept me interested. I was never bored. I do recommend viewing it if you are interested in such subject matter and are willing to overlook some of its production flaws.
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23 of 32 people found the following review helpful By R. Proulx on February 1, 2014
Format: DVD
I am a high altitude mountain climber. These matters are studied by us in the coldest most unemotional way, as indeed they must be, if any instructive lessons are to be drawn from such incidents. This is quite obviously not the motive of this film's makers. Consequently, few if any questions are answered and little to no sense is made of this tragedy.

This movie goes out of its way to be sensitive to the living, and to leave unexplored the most unprofessional and even insane decision making of many who took part in this disaster in the making. It seems far more about allowing bereaved widows mourn their loved ones than an attempt to answer the only really important question, Why? To do this, it ignores an enormous amount of crucial detail, much of which is included even in the Wikipedia article. By the way, you will learn more from Wiki than you will from this film.

Even when examples of clearly bad decision making are exposed, the uninformed viewer will not realize it for the film's makers make no sort of clear declarative statement expressing just how inexplicable said decision was. The makers absolutely refuse to take any kind of a stand. No doubt this would have been controversial, or, it may have hurt people's feelings, and we certainly can't have any of that. There is no attempt to deal honestly and frankly with what happened.

The order of the film, I guess you would say the editing, is a confusing jumble of scenes with little order or sense. It jumps all over the place. Strictly from an entertainment perspective, it is bad movie-documentary making and I, a complete sucker for mountain movies, had a very hard time watching it through to the end. Not even its occasional beautiful cinematography can save this utterly disappointing mess of a film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Holmes on March 7, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
The Summit is a frustrating film because there is dynamic content on display throughout, but the enterprise is unfocused and flawed, undermining noble intentions and leaving an enormous amount of potential unrealized. It is a documentary concerning a troubled and, in the end, deadly expedition to climb K2, the world's second highest mountain, in the summer of 2008. Through interviews, photographs, and cinematic reenactments, several of the climbers are profiled (they are in turn a bitchy, charming, guarded, and soulful unit) and the lethal downfall of their adventure is depicted and debated. There are several scenes of awe-inspiring excitement and fear, capturing how insignificant human existence becomes in the outsize and unforgiving context of the mountain. In one such scene, an out-of-the-blue piece of falling ice emerges from the silence and the night to end a life of an unsuspecting Norwegian climber. He is there one second and gone forever the next. Ah, if only the film containing these memorable and piercing incidents were not plagued by so many structural and thematic defects.

The nonfiction storyline is presented, for reasons I cannot understand, out of chronological order. The summit is reached around 30 minutes in, then the music turns menacing as the dangerous descent begins. Then, however, the film cuts to several months earlier to show the early steps of the expedition. It is disorienting and grating, and I believe simply tracing point A to point B to point C in a straight line would have maximized the majesty and the suspense. Also unusual is the completely arbitrary inclusion of another story involving the first major bid to climb the mountain by Italians in the 1950s.
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