Monday, November 30, 2015

Everest (2015)

Director: Baltasar Kormákur. Cast: Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Hawkes, Michael Kelly, Emily Watson, Sam Worthington, Robin Wright, Keira Knightley. 121 min. Rated PG-13. Adventure/Biography.

In 1996, a private climbing expedition to Mount Everest (of the expensive type) runs into problems when climbers are hit by a severe storm. Educating at offering a step-by-step guide to methods and perils of climbing such a mountain, but somehow, the question kept coming up: What's the point? Is the sole motivator for risking your life and abandoning your family for such a journey ... an ego trip? Even the characters discuss this among themselves, as though the screenwriter was dumbfounded about it. Spectacular panoramas and an outstanding cast notwithstanding. this film left me unsatisfied for leaving the question unanswered.

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