Film Review: Everest

Familiarity breeds contempt. As the number of explorers seeking to top the world’s highest mountain increases, it would appear that the previously insurmountable giant has been tamed. Through a retelling of the 1996 expedition which saw eight climbers die on the mountain, ‘Everest’ does all it can to disprove this theory. The cinematography is the winner here, cameras drinking in the sweeping vistas, terrifying ravines and snow slammed peaks, with a kind of glee. And there is no questioning the hardships of the journey, with the audience being made to feel every laboured step and wheezing breath along the torturous route. Unfortunately, the same depth of character does not extend to the rest of the cast. There are simply too many people (mirroring the problems experienced by the real-life climbers), meaning that the emotional impact of the tragedy is thinner than the O2 at 29,029 ft. This is a shame, because there is a powerful story hidden behind the grandeur of the location.


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