Everest - Review
With box office hits San Andreas and 2012, we are shown just how advanced special effects can get, especially disaster effects. With emotional disaster films, such as Saving Private Ryan, actors can show off their acting chops, as well as let the directors throw in fancy effects. Everest, is another beast all together.
Everest is based on the true story of Rob Hall and a team of climbers he took to summit Mount Everest in 1996. There isn't much to complain or praise about, since it is based on a true story. However, that doesn't mean it's boring. I was entertained and on the edge of my seat from the minute the climbers began their journey to the tragic ending. There are a few loose ends that don't seem to ever be brought up, concerning a few characters and their loved ones. Overall, the story is a tragic one that shows the battle between man and nature. One aspect that Everest completely nails is the suddenness of change on the mountain. Death, storms, snow, broken ladders, it's all here.
Everest boasts the most all-star cast a disaster movie has ever seen, which works beautifully to its advantage. No characters ever feel sidelined, although I would have liked to see more of Jason Clarke's character, Rob Hall, since he had the most to lose. Josh Brolin and Jake Gyllenhaal both give exceptional performances, with Gyllenhaal's character Scott Fischer acting as the hardcore rival to Clarke's hand-holding expedition force. Keira Knightely also gives a good performance as Clarke's wife, even though her best scenes are over the phone. The rest of the cast is good, but Clarke and Gyllenhaal are the real stars of the show.
It doesn't happen very often, but Everest is one of those movies that could have benefited from a different director and editor. The writing is good, the performances great, and the story is exciting. The only thing that seems to hold Everest back from greatness is its editing. As is seen in movies like Forrest Gump and The Social Network, the story could have been extremely boring if it weren't edited uniquely.
Everest seems more like a documentary than an actual retelling of the tragic adventure led by Rob Hall in 1996, but that doesn't mean it's bad. Jake Gyllenhaal and Jason Clarke lead the show as the charismatic climbers Rob Hall and Scott Fischer, and the rest of the cast supports them well. If you're itching for a heart pounding adventure, go see Everest in 3D, and let your eyes take it all in.
Pros- Effects, Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal.
Cons- Loose plot threads, feels like a documentary.