Ever wanted to climb Mount Everest? Me neither.
Everything you need to know about the plot of Everest lies within the title. A true story of a disaster that happened in 1996 surrounding multiple climbers who were struck by a vicious storm on Mount Everest. That’s all you need to know about the status of the film’s intensity.
Everest boasts an all-star cast including huge names Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington and Jake Gyllenhaal. However not all of these names are where you’d think they would be. At times it feels like there are too many characters in Everest. First you need to get a hold on how many people are on the aforementioned mountain of peril itself, then you also need to get a grip on all the characters that aren’t in danger. It’s not a huge problem but it is a slight peave for me.
Everest also has some pacing problems, yet not all of them are completely destructive. The film does start quite slowly and plays out for quite a while as a very long ski lesson. Then it jumps head-first into the intense danger part, although the intense danger part seems to run for less than half the time of the ski lesson.
Like I said, this pacing problem isn’t all destructive. Everest‘s long ski-lesson gives us time to experience something most disaster/horror films fail to do… connect with the characters. This slow start uses it’s time to give us character development, and therefore you feel a stronger bond with the characters in danger. Unlike most modern disaster/horror films which throw a teenager you know nothing about, in a situation that couldn’t possibly happen, Everest gently pushes multiple characters you do care about into a situation that can (and still does) happen.
The cinematography is beautiful in Everest, which shouldn’t be very hard to achieve considering that it takes place on an all snow mountain. And the sound actually sounded like you were in a storm during the scenes where the storm was occurring. Because if it were happening during the scenes where there wasn’t one, you’d have a problem.
Effects wise, I wasn’t too enthralled with the peril scenes in Everest. Then again, everyone who loved this film’s danger sequences saw it in IMAX, which I didn’t. So I may be missing something.
Everest achieved more in it’s character emotion and development than it did in it’s suspense and action. However, the suspense and action weren’t flawed, they just weren’t as exciting as I’d hoped them to be.
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