Everest Movie Review by The Commander

3 (out of 4 stars)

I've seen a lot of mountain climbing movies.  Cliffhanger and Vertical Limit come to mind—not that I'm a big fan of mountain climbing, in fact it's the opposite.  I don't want to go near the damn thing.  The fact that I am afraid of heights isn't as much an issue as that I'm not interested in falling, freezing, frostbite or dying.  I'd like to live vicariously through others who have done it and I'll listen to their stories all day long and imagine if I was there to the best of my ability.  Well those days are now officially over.


Everest is a cinematic spectacular that deserves to be seen in 3-D IMAX only.  The scenes are so breathtaking—you to swear you were there, no imagining necessary.  


The story is simple:  It's about a group of hikers who want to climb Mount Everest on a guided tour, but this is not your normal guided tour, like leaving the crew ship and seeing the island.  This is for very experienced climbers who want to get to the highest mountain in the world and back down, safely. Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen, and that's the premise of the movie.  This is based on a real story that occurred in 1996, so if you weren't watching the news (U.S. news never really covers the stories.  Forget CNN—you've got to watch the BBC) you could relive the story as if you were there.


I enjoyed this movie.  I was totally mesmerized by the spectacular cinematography, CGI effects and breathtaking scenes.  I was sitting on the edge of my seat, and due to the fact that they were over 30,000 feet high, (where 747’s fly), I actually had trouble breathing (because the air is so thin up there).


Being that this is a true story, you can't expect much from the dialogue or clever writing as you would with a fictionalized rendition.  The story is as it occurred.  Even so, I thought it was good. 


So grab your date, grab your popcorn and drink, and make sure to bring a blanket, because it gets very cold up there on the mountain.

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