Based on the true events of a 1996 disaster, Everest follows a team of adventurers led by experienced climber, Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) on their quest to summit Mount Everest. Hit by an unexpected snow storm, the expedition soon turns to tragedy as the climbers battle the odds to survive the unforgiving conditions.

Our disaster movie opens to the team as they set course for Nepal – all with the same dream in mind to conquer the highest peak on Earth. Before they make their way to the first camp, their leader (Clarke), talks them through the deadly expedition. What plays out over the next two hours and thirty minutes further illustrates his lecture. We meet our adventurers; expert Rob – a husband with a baby on the way back home with wife Jan (Keira Knightly), alpha-dog texan Beck Weathers (Josh Brolin), mailman with a dream, Doug Hansen (John Hawkes) and attempting her seventh and final peak, Yasuko Namba (Naoko Mori). Assisted by journalist Jon Krakauer (Michael Kelly), the team prepares for their trek but there’s a problem once they reach Base Camp. With other amateur climbing companies looking to summit the same day as them, the window to reach the top is limited and the building rivalry causes team members to be unfit and unprepared.

In many ways, the film is much like its premise. Overcrowded with famous faces and so many characters, the plot becomes a little too widely spread and lacks in the vitals. Whilst it finds room for Doug, Beck’s family, both Rob and Scott Fisher (Jake Gyllenhaal) as rival guides, and for Rob’s pregnant wife – all the stories are dramatic but all are obstructed. This makes the film’s finale somewhat of an anti-climax then when the film’s major plot points appear to be washed over. Despite a devastating finish and some very moving scenes, as spectators we are not given enough development to truly know our protagonists. This makes for a disaster movie with only half a heart.

Everest sees some excellent performances and some spectacular special effects and visuals. Though there are a few dodgy CGI moments, overall Everest is stunning and utterly believable, paying great respect to the real-life victims. Whilst I don’t believe this will be scooping up much come Oscar season, Everest gets a Sophie star rating of 3 out of 5 stars – a noble quest that never quite reaches the summit.

Movie Review: Everest
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