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“You my friends are following in the very footsteps of history… ” – Rob Hall
Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Oct 2015)
Brief Synopsis – True story of a climbing expedition to Mount Everest in 1996 and how the team members managed when they are hit by an unexpected storm.
My Take on it – Hollywood has a strong tendency to try and make true story films feel too unreal by trying to glamorize them.
This is a perfect example of their ability to get one right.
This movie was originally supposed to star Christian Bale, but when he had to back out, they decided to make it more of an ensemble film instead of having just one main star leading the way.
This was an excellent decision because part of the power of this movie is its ability to not have to just focus on one character but on each individual member by themselves. This helps raise the suspense level because we are not just concerned about one character but each one individually.
The movie is filmed in such a way that it makes you feel as if you are right beside the climbers as they are going up and down the mountain and when they get cold, you also might feel a bit of chills.
Amazing ensemble cast that includes Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kiera Knightly, John Hawkes, Michael Kelly, Emily Watson, Sam Worthington and Robin Wright.
The cinematography is truly breathtaking and some of the shots of the view of the mountain terrain are the main reason why many people have stated that this is best seen in IMAX.
One of things that took me by surprise was the powerful human emotions depicted in this movie; there were a number of scenes which were so emotional that you feel the urge to shed tears.
This is a movie that I’m sure I will want to see again and again because it was done so well.
Bottom Line – Very exhilarating film that is able to thrill because they do such a wonderful job making you feel as if you are right there with the climbers as much as possible. Excellent ensemble cast of actors where none of them really take center stage giving the perfect realistic (non-Hollywood) feel. The cinematography is unbelievably breathtaking and I can understand why people would want to see this in IMAX. Some very emotional scenes that might elicit tears because they are so powerful. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film cast includes five Oscar nominees: Jake Gyllenhaal, John Hawkes, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson and Josh Brolin. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)
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