The ultimate "Dad film" - a bootstrap battle between Man and Nature, human endurance triumphing over the impossible, a pregnant wife to return home to, sidelined actresses, bromances and brobattles, "based on a true story", et al. The script, which loses sight of its many characters in its sweeping generalities, does a disservice to the production's truly excellent technical accomplishments, always on full display.
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.
"Never let go" steht auf dem Plakat von Everest, der auf einer wahren Besteigung aus dem Jahr 1996 beruht. Der Film handelt davon, wie ein Sport für wenige Spezialisten zu einem Tourist Event mutierte. Das Gebirge erscheint auf einmal wie ein Abenteuerpark und wird von einem Gewimmel an Menschen bestiegen... mehr auf cinegeek.de
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.
I'm glad I saw this in IMAX because the beauty of the locations definitely shined through, punctuated by the great soundtrack. But that being said, story-wise, it felt a bit like a tv-movie. In trying to not put a wrong foot down, it did a lot of things, but neither of them particularly well. While steering clear of the controversial stuff, to me it also failed as a visceral recreation of the climbers' ordeal.
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.