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Rated PG-13 · 120 min. · 2015

Action/Adventure, Drama, Suspense/Thriller



There are movies you want to see on the big screen if you’re going to see them at all, and this is one of them. Based on the 1996 tragedy in which eight climbers died attempting to summit the planet’s highest mountain (the same story told in Jon Krakauer’s book, Into Thin Air), the film is an old-fashioned disaster drama with cutting-edge visual design. Director Baltasar Kormákur explodes our eyeballs with grand compositions, and, on the ascent, we learn interesting things about Everest expeditions circa 1996: Base camps are worryingly crowded. Crevasses are traversed by way of aluminum ladders, like some Home Depot project at 30,000 feet. And, most disturbing, no one is in charge, as competing outfitters jostle for space. The climax is relentless, as bad weather and bad decisions lethally combine. But characterization is thin: With everyone wrapped in parkas and oxygen masks, it’s often difficult to even recognize the characters. Though big in every way, the film is dazzling but ultimately disposable.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Writer: William Nicholson and Simon Beaufoy
Producer: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Baltasar Kormákur, Nicky Kentish Barnes and Brian Oliver
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke, John Hawkes, Vanessa Kirby, Michael Kelly, Martin Henderson, Tom Goodman-Hill and Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson

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