Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
India Release Date: 18-SEP-2015
On the morning of May 10, 1996, climbers (Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin) from two expeditions start their final ascent toward the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. With little warning, a violent storm strikes the mountain, engulfing the adventurers in one of the fiercest blizzards ever encountered by man. Challenged by the harshest conditions imaginable, the teams must endure blistering winds and freezing temperatures in an epic battle to survive against nearly impossible odds.
EVEREST is an epic survival drama. It’s not an adventure story. The story was chronicled in a 1998 IMAX documentary and has now been resurrected in this $65-million-dollar dramatic film directed by Baltasar Kormákur. Like Gravity, EVEREST is another spectacle involving a conflict between humans and a hostile environment never meant for us. Movie relies heavily on special effects / visuals. This giant is not perfectly structured, but it sure is engaging in parts. At times, the pace is a bit slower than expected and shifts the tone from serious to light moments. The movie fails miserably in creating any emotional connection with the characters. Climax of the movie respects the memories of the lives lost during that tragic 1996 expedition.
Performance & Technical Review:
The only saviour in the movie: VISUALS, as you might have guessed, are breathtaking. The scenery is impeccable. Crisp Mountain peaks, swirling cloud, glimmering skies. Salvatore Totino truly turns ‘Everest’ into picturesque beauty and makes it IMAX worthy. Jason Clarke as the expedition leader serves as a calm and steady center in the ensemble. Emily Watson and Keira Knightley do a splendid job of portraying a
helpless Base Camp manager and the equally helpless wife of Rob Hall, respectively.
PDF Verdict: At 29,029 feet, this giant structure stands engaging in parts. Built around gorgeous cinematography and ensemble cast, EVEREST is just a visual beauty. What EVEREST teaches distinctly “Some succeed. Many others don’t”. GO EVEREST…GO IMAX.
Ratings: 3.5 on 5 (Visuals scores the rating to 3.5)
Performance: 3.5 on 5
Script: 3 on 5
Screenplay: 3 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3 on 5