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Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain, Everest documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Josh Brolin and Jason Clark, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as their courage is tested by the harshest elements found on the planet and a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival. Critics call Everest "...exciting, thrilling, moving and completely engaging." -- Scott Mendleson, Forbes
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I enjoyed this movie most of the time. It did a great job of helping me feel what it was like to be there. I thought I spotted several differences between the script and what I have read, but they seemed minor, probably to assist with story continuity or shortening scenes rather than artificially pumping up suspense or controversial themes. (For example, I seem to recall that Beck Weathers allowed a climber even worse off than he was to go on the rescue copter before him, but if so, it doesn't affect the story too much except perhaps to give him a bit less credit than he deserves.) I also felt that Beidleman may not have received quite enough airtime for his efforts in escorting a group of climbers, but choices have to be made in the filming and editing process.
Overall I felt the movie handled the people and events respectfully, and allowed the powerful story to work its own magic and keep it fairly accurate. Perhaps mountaineers, especially those who have climbed Everest, could readily see that parts were filmed elsewhere, but for the mere casual reader and viewer on the topic like myself, it felt realistic. There were a few places when I wasn't quite sure who I was looking at - but a lot of it occurred in whiteout conditions and/or in darkness, so I can't fault that very much. Based on reading Beck Weathers' book, I think they did a great job of filming his "awakening" scene, even to the detail of showing the nearby less fortunate, or perhaps less hardy Yusuko Namba.
So although I can't speak specifically to how accurate this portrayal is - only the teams that were there can do that - it felt to me that it was an entertaining and honest effort, mostly gloriously filmed and, in a way, it made Everest more real to me than most documentaries with actual footage have done.
And now what used to be adventurers are making money off of it. Not opposed to a that but this movie highlights how deadly decisions can be made to please customers that probably don't have the physical and mental capacities to be doing this in the first place. And the beautiful Nepal base camp is like grand central in a dumpster and not to mention the treatment of the guides. Lots to criticize about what's going on at Everest now but the movie is worth seeing
I love anything to do with climbing and this is certainly one of the best although not as good as either the "Alps" or "Touching the Void". (Of course these two are documentaries). In terms of a motion picture "Northface" is my fav. The next two would be films panned by the critics (but (who are they, really?) "Into Thin Air" and "Ed Vertical Limit". I very much enjoyed all of these pictures.
Getting back to "Everest", I found that the climbing and views looked very close to the original. The picture will make you shake your head over what happened and what should have happened. Everyone did a great job in colder conditions than normal.