Everest (2015) – Encore Review


“We don’t need competition between people. There is competition between every person and this mountain. The last word always belongs to the mountain.” – Anatoli Boukreev

Number of Times Seen – 2 (25 Oct 2015 and 25 Nov 2020)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of two groups of climbers who teamed up in 1995 to try and scale Mount Everest.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw not long after it came out and was curious to revisit it after 5 years and see if my opinion on it has changed at all.

The film is presented in a very thrilling way that works so well.

The amazing scenery of the depiction of Mount Everest is breathtaking to watch and truly enhances things here.

The story is played out really well and they clearly show us the various kinds of challenges that these climbers faced while attempting to scale the tallest mountain the world.

The characters might not be developed so well, but we still get a clear idea of who each of them are and why they have a yearning to try and conquer this adventure for themselves.

They each have their own goals and baggage that they carry along with them and that helps make things more interesting to watch.

The cinematography is amazing here and the way that they film the intense cold conditions that these characters experience actually makes the viewer feel the coldness of it all.

The intimate way that we see these characters also is useful in making the viewer constantly hope for the characters survival as things get more and more intense.

The film has a superb cast and the biggest standout is Jason Clarke in the lead role.

He is helped along by both Jake Gyllenhaal and Josh BRolin in some great roles.

The film’s camera shots add to the thrilling and death defying feel of the story and helps raise the level of suspense quite high.

Bottom Line – Thrilling film that is enhanced by the amazing scenery of it all. The story is able to give us a clear idea of the challenge that these characters have chosen to take upon themselves. The don’t develop any of them enough, but we still get to see how each has his or her own goals and baggage that has brought them on this journey. The movie is filmed in a way that we can feel the coldness of their trek while also constantly hoping for them to succeed in all that they do. The cast is superb and Clarke stands out the most even though he is truly helped along by Gyllenhaal and Brolin along the way. The camera shots also help make things look even more thrilling and death defying to watch which raises the suspense level throughout. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Rob Hall (Jason Clarke)’s team is asked why they are climbing Mount Everest, everyone answers “because it’s there,” a motto of mountain-climbers worldwide. In a 1924 interview, George Mallory, an English mountaineer who took part in the first three British expeditions to Mount Everest, responded with the same answer when asked why he would risk his life to become the first person to summit Everest. Mallory disappeared during a summit attempt in June 1924. His body was found in May 1999, just under 700 meters from the top. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)

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