DVD Review: Everest
There are some films you wish you’d seen on the big screen. Everest is one of those films. Not that it’s beauty is any less apparent on the BluRay release, but man, those stunning views of Everest in all her glory sure would have looked damned impressive on the big screen.
But a missed opportunity can still be enjoyed on a large TV in the comfort of your own home, so lets get to the story. Everest is based on true events that saw Mount Everest claim eight climbers in a single day. Director Baltasar Kormákur takes things nice and slow for the first hour, reveling in a more realistic approach to the film, rather than fake drama. The first hour pretty much is focused on Kiwi Rob Hall (Jason Clarke), the operator of a commercial guide service, who takes a month to prepare his rich clients for the arduous climb ahead. It may seem a little long in the teeth, but enables us to get to know some of the characters, and the wait for the second half of the film is well worth it.
The ascent is where we see a lot of the stunning beauty of the mountain, and it is quite literally breathtaking. We share in the joy as the climbers (most of them) make it to the summit. But then some life defining decisions are made and the ascent begins, just as a fast moving storm moves in. This is where Everest turns into an edge of your seats fight for survival, as unless you know exactly what happened on that fateful day, you’ll be left guessing as to who makes it and who doesn’t.
Everest on the surface didn’t look like much of a film, but in the end, delivered and emotion packed roller coaster that will stay with you for some time after you’ve put the disc back in the case.