Directed by: Baltasar Kormákur
Everest is one of the most beautiful films I've seen this year. There's not a single shot in that movie one couldn't frame and put up above the fireplace. The sound is amazing and the acting is top notch. But it's very poorly written. I mean, seriously. This is supposedly one of the most tragic events in the recorded human history, the second most deadly incident on mt. Everest. But when the tragedy actually happens, you aren't really moved by it because you don't care about the characters. I mean there are flashbacks of happy family times, pregnant wife, a man who climbs to make children proud, like.. all of this should make you feel really really sad, when someone dies, but it just doesn't work because the audience never gets close to the characters. Since the story is about one tragic event after another, the focus should be on the characters because otherwise we really don't care if anyone falls or freezes to death. With little-to-nothing backstories and superficial dialogues, one just does not care.
(Spoiler alert) Perhaps one of the most sympathetic characters is Yasuko Namba, a japanese female climber, who has already conquered 6 of the 7 highest mountains of the world. But once the tragedy hits her and she dies, she's completely unmentioned, unnoticed and ..that's it. And also, what's up with Jake Gyllenhaal's character? Supposedly he's one of the main characters, but whenever he gets any screen time (which is not a lot) everything he does or says, makes you yell "WHY????" (he can still get it though, 10/10). Ughh...Anyway, as far as the story goes, everything is somewhat decent until the second half of the movie. From then on, it's just a slow is-he-going-to-die-yes-he-is-going-to-die-wait-maybe-oh-no-he-is-dying. AND you know what really grinds my gears? The phone calls between Rob and his preggerz wife, Jan. I understand that Rob gave up, but I would have expected his wife to push him a bit harder. (Spoilers end)
That aside, "Everest" gave me an adrenaline rush. The shots and the sound together are so powerful, that one would never doubt why anyone would want to climb that dangerous, often deadly mountain. The cast is amazing (though mostly wasted) with Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, JOHN HAWKES and the amazing ladies such as Robin Wright, Keira Knightley and Emily Watson. Sadly, the script doesn't do them any justice but oh well. And I can't believe I'm saying this, but it's so worth it to see "Everest" in 3D. It's probably the first time it really adds to the movie. IMAX is even better, I can imagine.
"Why are you climbing mount Everest?" - "Because it's there"