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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.
With its perilous central premise and gallery of individuals some of whom are destined not to make it, you could say Everest is a disaster movie in the old Hollywood sense of the term, but it doesn't feel like one. And that's a good thing.
While it’s impossible not to be somewhat caught up in these climbers’ life-or-death struggle, Everest is oddly uninvolving — it depicts a horrific scenario in an underwhelming, distancing way.
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- Jason Clarke
- Ang Phula Sherpa
- Thomas M. Wright
- Martin Henderson
- Tom Goodman-Hill
- Pemba Sherpa
- Amy Shindler
- Simon Harrison
- Chris Reilly
Did You Know?
- Christian Bale was attached to play Rob Hall, but left to appear in Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) instead. Subsequently, director Baltasar Korm?kur decided to transform the film to an ensemble version of the story.
- When the toilet tent at Base Camp is pointed out, a tourist is reassured that despite the "ventilation", this is the view George Everest would have seen. Everest, Surveyor General of India, never went anywhere near the mountain that was named after him.
- Rob Hall: You, my friends, are following in the very footsteps of history...