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  • Summary: Inspired by the incredible events surrounding a treacherous attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind.Inspired by the incredible events surrounding a treacherous attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest of elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Davis
    Sep 17, 2015
    89
    This is a movie you feel deeply in the pit of your stomach. Sometimes, it literally hurts to watch it.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Sep 18, 2015
    80
    It succeeds wonderfully, offering moviegoers a rare taste of rarified air -- and as compelling an argument as you can make for seeing a movie writ large on the oversized screen of an actual movie theater.
  3. Reviewed by: Kate Taylor
    Sep 18, 2015
    75
    There is no tragic hero here; there is no overarching explanation, but a movie that offered either of those would seem pretty pat. Take it or leave, Everest is just there.
  4. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    Sep 2, 2015
    67
    Salvatore Totino's crisp 3D photography and Kormakur's way with a clear, fluid, thrilling action sequence show off the mountain in immensely impressive ways. But the humans involved get short shrift.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Sep 17, 2015
    63
    A fairly good, extremely grueling movie as far as it goes — tracks the true-life fortunes of a battered group of climbers to the highest place on Earth. Yet somehow it doesn't go far enough.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Sep 15, 2015
    60
    Everest is visually splendid, though it loses a few points for its murkiness in rendering its main characters as distinct individuals.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Sep 17, 2015
    30
    The director was Baltasar Kormákur, a gifted filmmaker from Iceland who shouldn’t be blamed for a case of industrial filmmaking gone wrong — the culprits in elaborate clunkers like this are usually the producers and the studios.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 71
  2. Negative: 3 out of 71
  1. Sep 28, 2015
    10
    Everest soars high to great heights, thanks to terrific performances, great and spectacular visual effects, and research to make history comeEverest soars high to great heights, thanks to terrific performances, great and spectacular visual effects, and research to make history come back to life. It would have been better if the film was released on May 2016, 20 years after the disaster. Thanks to 3D VFX and groundbreaking, new generation computer generated imagery, it even makes the audience feel like mountain climbers crossing tough terrain to achieve the near impossible with powerful portrayal of love, loss, bravery and friendship through the viewers eyes. Expand
  2. Sep 22, 2015
    9
    One of best uses of IMAX 3D ever. Felt like I was there clinging to the cliffs. Had to put on my hoodie cuz I was freezing along with them.One of best uses of IMAX 3D ever. Felt like I was there clinging to the cliffs. Had to put on my hoodie cuz I was freezing along with them. Very intense scenes to keep you involved. Expand
  3. Sep 28, 2015
    8
    This movie does with mountains and snow, what Gravity did for space. I don’t think I can ever look at Everest the same way again. AlwaysThis movie does with mountains and snow, what Gravity did for space. I don’t think I can ever look at Everest the same way again. Always thinking it’s just another mountain. The incredible imagery in this film really makes you feel so close to it. You can feel every part of its cold and dark frost on your face.

    On the morning of May 10, 1996, climbers from two expeditions start their final ascent toward the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. With little warning, a violent storm strikes the mountain, engulfing the adventurers in one of the fiercest blizzards ever encountered by man. Challenged by the harshest conditions imaginable, the teams must endure blistering winds and freezing temperatures in an epic battle to survive against nearly impossible odds.

    What makes this film more interesting than the climb and decent itself is the way in which we see how commercialized the expeditions (Climbs) to one of the most dangerous places in the world has become.

    You think of the two base camps of Everest and visualize a few people waiting at them to climb. However, what we see in this film, which is based on a true story, is the enormous task these expeditions face when coming up against other companies leading expeditions. All racing to get to the top and get that one big story that will change a company’s name to the next biggest thing. That leaves a whole lot of amateur’s right alongside some of the world’s best climbers. That may not sound like the worst thing. But when seeing this film, you can really see how every second counts when climbing up a mountain and crossing amazingly large dark crevices that drop down for miles beneath you, in subzero temperatures. Having a group of inexperienced climbers in front taking almost 40 minutes to cross a ladder which normally would take only a few, leaving other climbers waiting and using up precious oxygen.

    Other climbers take rope where it should be left and O Tanks (Oxygen) that are left for other climbers. You really feel the tension and I was on the verge of being so angry at these other companies choking up the space on this once, majestic and peaceful piece of earth for a few bucks in their pockets. To push aside the morality of another person’s life, whether or not they are experienced enough to make it up a mountain only 1 in 4 ever survived.

    The true story we follow are of the expedition team Rob Hall, Played by the Jason Clarke (Rise Of The Dawn of The Planet Of The Apes, Terminator Genisys) and Beck Weathers, Josh Brolin (No Country For Old Men, Sicario) in which we get heavily invested in are one of a rare breed. Rob cares for each and every person on his team. Their health and wellbeing are number one well before the climb or the peak itself. Beck seems to be the rough hard nosed Texan that wants to run ahead to the top with little to no care in the world. Jason Clarke really shines here and I got to see something I have never seen in him before. Real soul and heartbreak. Rob’s wife Jan played by Keira Knightley, plays with an outstanding New Zealand Accent. I am not normally a massive fan of her and her overly English roles. But she was amazing here. Some other surprising actors in the film make great cameos but I do not want to spoil it all.

    This movie is extremely well made visually. I saw this film in 3D. I would love to see it again without the dark shades on my face and see the full bright beauty in front of me. It had its effects and added some depth to the terrain and gaping holes beneath the climbers. But I highly recommend seeing it in 2D if you get the choice.

    If you love a true story and find that someone risking their lives to reach insurmountable tasks and can handle some fierce and heartbreaking scenes. This movie is for you. If you’re looking for heartless action or a script that bleeds all its characters dry you will be slightly disappointed. I know a True Story has to stay close to that which makes it strong, however I felt it needed a little more time with its characters. Especially if we are soon to see them off into the nether. Also the end credits sequence in which you see the real photos of these people brings the entire film to a tear jerking close.
    BREATHTAKING, HEARTBREAKING MUST SEE adventure only slightly let down by the lack of character depth and no real answers to why they are really doing a climb that will possibly end their lives.
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  4. Sep 27, 2015
    7
    A capably made action-adventure film featuring good special effects, beautiful cinematography, fine characterizations and some genuinelyA capably made action-adventure film featuring good special effects, beautiful cinematography, fine characterizations and some genuinely heart-tugging emotions. Despite these strengths, though, the sound quality (especially the dialogue) sometimes leaves much to be desired, and the film editing could have used a little more consistency. Overall, a nice outing to the cinema, even if it's not positively epic filmmaking. Expand
  5. Dec 17, 2015
    7
    Everest was a dramatically exciting movie where the story of the tragedy of the 1996 Mount Everest was well focused , well told if a littleEverest was a dramatically exciting movie where the story of the tragedy of the 1996 Mount Everest was well focused , well told if a little interesting. Expand
  6. Sep 27, 2015
    6
    I think the build up was very strong, and i enjoyed the film overall. However, i wanted it to end, and I hate that feeling. I think the s enesI think the build up was very strong, and i enjoyed the film overall. However, i wanted it to end, and I hate that feeling. I think the s enes with the wives and family at the end did not flow well with the film. Amazing cinematography. Expand
  7. Dec 27, 2015
    0
    I watched this movie with a friend tonight but we couldnt finish it. I was that boring! There was no story, no drama, and the conversationsI watched this movie with a friend tonight but we couldnt finish it. I was that boring! There was no story, no drama, and the conversations and dialogue was horrendous! My friend said that this is how itreally happened but I dont care for reality, I want a thrill. Expand

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