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  • Summary: In 1953, the ascent of Everest remained the last of Earth’s great challenges. Standing at over 29,000ft, the world’s highest mountain posed a fearsome challenge and had already claimed thirteen lives in previous expeditions. Faced with treacherous winds, sub-zero temperatures and battling altitude sickness, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay finally achieved the impossible and became the first men to stand atop Everest. It was an event that stunned the world and defined an era. Sir Edmund Hillary’s incredible achievement remains one of the greatest adventure stories of all time; the epic journey of a man from modest beginnings who overcame adversity to reach the highest point on Earth. [IFC Films] Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Andrew Lowry
    Jul 5, 2014
    It may not have the jeopardy of Touching The Void, but when Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary finally reach the summit, we’re treated to an early candidate for one of 2014’s most transcendent film moments. This is genuinely inspirational stuff, and then some.
  2. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Jul 3, 2014
    This absorbing account of the first recorded summit of the world’s highest mountain is a rare documentary for which re-enactments make complete sense.
  3. Reviewed by: Diana Clarke
    Jul 2, 2014
    With the facts so poignant, there's little that needs dramatizing.
  4. Reviewed by: Steve Rose
    Jul 5, 2014
    It's a testament to the film-making that, despite the fact that we know the outcome, there's a great sense of relief when they finally reach the summit.
  5. Reviewed by: Graham Fuller
    Jul 2, 2014
    Though impressively shot, the doc is a weak advertisement for 3-D. Hillary's bees pop out during a background episode, but that's old hat. It's the story of that final ascent is the real stirring stuff.
  6. Reviewed by: Simon Crook
    Jul 5, 2014
    Considering the danger, spectacular setting and sheer derring-do of its subject matter, this is pretty leaden stuff. Disappointing.
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  1. Jul 6, 2014
    I see the colonial reviewers (US and Brits) didn't enjoy it... Ah well.... No one ever gives the credit they crave for 'winning the war'. You can't be the ones who achieved everything..... and pound for pound kiwis will always whip you mercilessly, so no biggie, but still, reviewing with bitterness and jealousy is not really on. LOLZ... Just get over it? English Empire magazine (yeah, I am calling you out) thinks it is a two-star film? What next England? You going to enter the Olympics with three other countries and call your self Great Britain next? Oh.. you do already? Sorry... wow, that's lame. Rate the film on its merit. It is at least good... 40 out of 100? Spare me... you lost the race to the top.. get over it. Be better losers... and maybe stop over-celebrating your many 'successes' when they are so often population-based. I'd hate to see someone call you out... *-) Expand