Everest Hollywood movie review – Realistic portrayal of a true story

Planet Movies Rating -3/5
Reviewed by Madhukar KR

Everest is a 2015 British-American-Icelandic 3D biographical disaster drama and adventure thriller film directed by Baltasar Kormákur and written by William Nicholson and Simon Beaufoy.It is based on the real events of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, and focuses on the survival attempts of two expedition groups, one led by Scott Fischer (Gyllenhaal) and the other by Rob Hall (Clarke).

On the morning of May 10, 1996, climbers from two expeditions start their final ascent toward the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. With little warning, a violent storm strikes the mountain, engulfing the adventurers in one of the fiercest blizzards ever encountered by man[citation needed]. Challenged by the harshest conditions imaginable, the teams must endure blistering winds and freezing temperatures in an epic battle to survive against nearly impossible odds.

The film is a realistic depiction of the actual events that unfolded while climbing and descending the Mount Everest peak which is the tallest peak in the world. The journey unfolds as a tourist trip while ascending where gradually the tension in the atmosphere increases due to some of the breathtaking escapades while crossing the peaks using metal railings. The screenplay is honest to the true events and there is no additional cinematic drama added to spice up the proceedings in the first hour of the film. This is partly responsible for the slow pacing in the first half of the film.

The second half picks up pace where descending the Everest becomes almost impossible due to storms and rough weather conditions. The scenes depicted leave an impact on the audience. The 3D in the film is quite average where most of the scenes could have been seen in 2D itself barring a few scenes where the depth of the gaps between the mountains is shown.

The background music of the film is quite monotonous repeating similar tones throughout the film. The actors have played their parts well.


The scenes of the Mount Everest are quite breathtaking which compels the audience to visit the theatres at least once. Barring the slow pace of the movie in the first half the film is actually a visual treat where the audience get to watch the tallest peak in the world -The Everest. But beware don’t go into the theatres expecting a Vertical Limit.

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