Friday, June 3, 2016

Everest 2015

     This film is based on a true story.  Climbers of Everest from two commercial expeditions start their final ascent on the morning of May 10, 1996.  There are eight clients in the team guided by Rob Hall of Adventure Consultants.  Another team of ten clients is lead by Scott Fischer for Mountain Madness.  The climbers become engulfed by one of the fiercest blizzards ever encountered.  The teams endure blistering winds and freezing temperatures.  They are also exhausted and oxygen deprived at these heights.
     There is confusion, over estimating endurance, ego problems, equipment problems, empty oxygen bottles, avalanches, storms and everything else that can go wrong.  Is it worth risking death to climb a mountain for bragging rights?  I felt more sorry for the relatives and friends left behind!!  What was their choice but to let them go on this expedition?  3* (This movie is OK)

121 min, Adventure directed by Baltasar Kormakur with Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright, Martin Henerson, Tom Goodman-Hill, Carolotte Boving, Pemba Sherpa, Amy Shindler, Simon Harrison, Chris Reilly, John Hawkes, Naoko Mori, Michael Kelly, Kiera Knightly.

Note:  Imdb 7.1 out of 10, 73% critic 69% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 2 ½*, Amazon 4.0* out of 5* with 1256 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in Italy, Nepal, UK.  There is also an IMAX Everest film of 1998, a book Into Thin Air of 1997 by Jon Krakauer and the book Left for Dead of 2000 a memoir by Beck Weathers.

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