Flash Movie Review: Everest
The first thing one notices is the air feels different, a fresher smell unlike the cloying scents from air fresheners. It seems more spacious with odorous wisps filled with childhood memories of jumping into piles of leaves and water sprinklers. Traveling higher the landscape reveals ancient scars deeply etched into its face, some are dry while others have rushing water tumbling down them. If you are standing in the right place on a sunny day you may see the appearance of a rainbow floating in the mist coming off the water. There is a sense of discovery or more precisely being on a treasure hunt because one could travel undercover for some distant, where the sun’s rays can barely reach you except for the momentarily flash between waving leaves, before stepping out of the darkness to a cliff overseeing a wide valley of sleepy hills under a wheat and green colored blanket. Personally I love exploring this type of terrain…from the comfort of my car. Now before you ask me how I can explore nature while riding around in a car, let me explain. My first two hiking experiences turned me off from physically climbing and scaling rugged territories. The first hike ended with the rocks under my feet dislodging and I tumbled down towards a cliff, my clothes ripping apart on the jagged surface. My second time was hiking on an easier topography, however it was dense with foliage and we lost our way as night fell. We were stuck on the mountain for 4 hours until we finally found our way down by midnight, hungry and cold. Ever since that time I only hike if there is a designated trail to walk or a road to drive on. So for the life of me I could not understand why the people in this adventure thriller wanted to climb Mt. Everest. BASED on a true story, a group of mountain climbers have the perfect window of opportunity to scale Mt. Everest, unaware a storm is about to take birth. The storm would become one for the record books. This dramatic movie was incredible to watch. The different landscape shots were spectacular. With a cast that included Jason Clarke (Lawless, The Great Gatsby) as Rob Hall, Josh Brolin (Labor Day, Gangster Squad) as Beck Weathers and Thomas M. Wright (Balibo, Van Diemen’s Land) as Michael Groom; the acting was utterly convincing. I do not know how the actors handled the grueling frigid scenes; it looked totally real to me. Putting aside my bewilderment for this type of undertaking, the story really had the potential for creating a powerful movie. However, the script had poor dialog and a smattering of cliches. I know the focus was on the action and this picture really delivered it. I just wished the movie theater had turned up the heat; we were bundled up sitting in our seats.
Posted on September 22, 2015, in Thriller and tagged 3 stars, adventure, drama, everest, jake gyllenhaal, jason clarke, john hawkes, josh brolin, Mt. Everest, thriller. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.
Lots of action and edge of seat moments combined with flaccid dialogue makes me think of 1970s disaster movies – which I love – so I will need to check this movie out when it appears on the small screen.
I used to be a fan of mountain climbing (not proper mountaineering) and climbed a few Munros in my youth but it wasn’t so enjoyable once I had kids. Now we hike flatter trails and hills rather than mountains.
A smart choice in my opinion to stay closer to flat lands. Wait until you see what happens in this film. Thanks for the comments.
i remember this. I had to stop watching the trailer because I know what happens.
Don’t tell anyone in case they do not know the story. Thanks for stopping by.
😀 I’m sorry about your bad experiences. And I totally understand you, the fun is gone once you feel the danger 🙂
So true, I do not find any fun in things dangerous. Thanks for the comments.
This movie looks really great. I am looking forward to seeing this one.
Thanks for the review.
Hi Annie, it is a pleasure meeting you. I would enjoy hearing your views after seeing this film. Thanks for the comments.
Are you sure the theater didn’t turn up the A/C on purpose for this movie? Makes you wonder. Great review, as always.
Thanks so much for the comments and I did wonder why waste all that money and resources to give us a realistic viewing. lol