“Everest” is the third English-language film from Iceland’s Baltasar Kormákur. After impressing with 2012’s “Contraband” (a remake of a film he starred in in 2008), and 2013’s “2 Guns” starring Denzel Washington and Mark Whalberg, Kormákur returns to tell the true story of disaster striking climbers on Mt. Everest.
The tragedy unfolded on the mountain in May of 1996 when two commercial climbing clubs decided to press on when they should have turned back. The first half of the movie plays like an inspirational biopic about the triumph of the human spirit and the magnificence of nature; while the second half shows what happens when a bunch of Alpha Males decide they are bigger than nature and choose to disregard every warning sign.
The filmmaker does a masterful job of not only transporting you to Everest but also putting you in the middle of the danger of trying to scale it. Kormákur skillfully induces vertigo in scenes that require the characters to navigate cavernous openings on makeshift bridges made of ladders, and seeing it in IMAX 3D only adds to the immersion. I recommend seeing it in IMAX if you have the chance (can’t wait to see The Walk in IMAX next month too!).
Depending on your personality, this movie will either inspire you to want to someday scale Everest or, if you’re like me, remind you that some places are just not made for Trinis. Overall, a great movie and one I’d give 4 out of 5 stars.
“Everest” stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jason Clarke and Sam Worthington.