A slickly produced, purely commercial film that's designed to move fast enough that the viewer never grows bored, and never lingers on any member of its (star-studded) ensemble cast long enough for you to feel like you got to know them. And yet by the time it's over, "Everest" has accrued some manner of power thanks to the extraordinary suffering the characters go through in pursuit of something rather abstruse.
A lot of breathtaking scenery, harsh weather, and heart-stopping moments of action, sure, but where is the humanity? For a re-telling of a true story, we're lead to feel surprisingly little for the adventurers (until their deaths). I can sympathize with somebody freezing to death, that's easy - but cheap. Where are the personalities? Everybody is a token something or other. Oh, and Gyllenhaal was barely even present.
As arduous an undertaking as any mountain endeavor. The prospect of a 3D mountain movie made me curious enough to take the plunge, but even in the visual field this movie is something of an underwhelmer. The terrible score and the parade of emoting actors work hard to sell us something emotional, but this takes us away from what could have worked - namely: the cold immersion of bodies in spectacularly cruel nature.
An infamous 96' expedition on Everest is given cinematic treatment here and delivers on awe inducing scenery and cringe worthy experiences but fails to draw depth out of any of the real life inspired characters. Kormakur seems to be able to choreograph action but unlike his Icelandic films the human touch is less evident. Well shot by Salvatore Totino and the blow up to IMAX was impressive.
Weak filmmaking, a derivative screenplay and a desperate attempt to make it anti-Hollywood make Everest an emotionless, disappointingly bland experience. The creative team behind the film clearly lacks any sense of what really matters for human beings and how to portray that sentiment cinematically.
A solid survival thriller that respectfully and admirably dramatizes a true-life scenario not easily wrangled into screenwriting conventions. Sticking closely to the facts as presented in Krackauer's Into Thin Air, the film occasionally struggles to juggle multiple characters across confusing geography, but the inherent drama carries the film from moment to moment - even if it lacks its own strong thematic structure.