Everest

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If you have ever considered what it would be like to climb the majestic Mount Everest, director Baltasar Kormákur (2 Guns) will definitely make you think again, with his latest dizzying, star-studded adventure  drama “Everest”.

This thrilling movie is absolutely why 3D IMAX screens were invented! I will be very surprised if it doesn’t receive an Oscar for its amazing cinematography and special effects. One thing’s for sure: you will not get the full impact of this if you do not see it on a huge 3D screen -it’s absolutely essential, because these effects are fantastic!

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“Everest” is an account of the true story of an expedition up Mount Everest in 1996. It’s screenplay was co-written by William Nicholson and Academy Award winning Simon Beauford (Slumdog Millionaire 2009).

Despite meticulous attention to detail in preparation and anticipating what could go wrong, everything does start to go wrong when a number of climbing teams are caught up in what has been described as the worst storm in the history of the world’s tallest peak. New Zealander Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) head of an adventure company called Adventure Consultants is the strong and tough, but kind team leader who has left his very pregnant wife Jan (Keira Knightley) at home to set out on what he considers will be a pretty customary climb.

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Hall (Clarke) is joined by assertive Texan doctor Beck Withers, who has also left behind his wife Peach (Robin Wright). Also teaming up are fellow guide and business Tour-guide competitor Scott Fisher (Jake Gyllenhaal), journalist Jon Krakauer(Michael Kelly) –who also chronicled the adventure in his bestselling book Into The Air, frequently successful Japanese climber Yasuko Namba (Naoko Mori) and another New Zealander, former postman Doug Hansen (John Hawkes). The group are looked after by Hall’s assistants at Adventure Consultants, the extremely efficient Helen Winton (Emily Watson) and team doctor Caroline Mackenzie (Elizabeth Debiki).

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Unfortunately, with all of the amazing action and adventure scenes, there are almost too many leading actors and characters for any of them to be really brought to life. Nor was there really the time to establish any heartwarming stories as to why they wanted to climb the world’s highest and most dangerous peak.

Despite this, Baltasar Kormákur has brought us an intense adventure with absolute visual splendour (best cinematography I can remember seeing in years!). Perhaps the real star with all this breathtaking cinematography is the mountain itself. If you ever had thoughts about climbing it before, watching Everest will definitely make you reconsider!

-Kirstey Whicker

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