“Everest,” starring Jason Clarke as Rob Hall, the expedition leader of Adventure Consultants, a commercial climbing company who led a group of climbers to the summit of Mt. Everest on May 10, 1996. The team also included Jon Krakauer, who wrote the book “Into Thin Air,” about his experience. Yasuko Namba, who, at the time became the oldest woman (47) to climb The Seven Summits, the highest peaks on all seven continents.
After the majority of the team summited Everest, they were hit by an unexpected blizzard. Caught in the storm in one of the most dangerous places on earth, the situation quickly became deadly.
The film boasts an all-star cast including Emily Watson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, John Hawkes, and Robin Wright. The film was directed by Baltasar Kormákur.
The film is a horrifying reminder of the ever-present perils of climbing Mt. Everest and mountaineering at altitudes upwards of 8,000m. The director made a point trying to make the film as close to what truly happened as possible. In the bonus features, he tells the story of interviewing the climbers and loved ones, trying to re- create their experiences. The film does a good job of re-creating the experience and as you watch it you get a real sense of what it would have been like to be on the expedition. The star-studded cast lived up to their billing.