Everest

About a week and a half ago I went to see “Everest” with my mom.

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It goes without saying that Mount Everest occupies the world’s interest because it is the highest mountain the world. The prospect of conquering the unconquerable is definitely something that has been appealing to many  people throughout history. In the last twenty years people climbing Mount Everest has seemed to have become a fairly routine occurrence. However, this movie shows the viewer that no matter how routine it may seem Mount Everest is not something to take lightly.

The true story is fairly straightforward. After running a successful business that  leads people from all over the world to the top of Mount Everest Rob Hall (well played by Jason Clarke) leads yet another group up the fabled mountain in the sping of 1996. Finding that many other people have decided to start their own businesses taking people to the top, including Scott Fischer (played by Jake Gyllenhaal), Hall tries to figure out how to battle both the business competition and the constant challenges of the mountain. Of course, there wouldn’t be much of a movie if everything went well. Without revealing too much about specific plot points I’ll say that things went awfully wrong and several  people from Hall’s group did not make it down the mountain alive.

A movie like this is all about the thrills and “Everest” delivers.

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The viewer definitely gets a sense of how difficult and extremely dangerous Mount Everest is. This movie is a non CGI blockbuster  in a CGI time. If it had come out fifteen years ago it would have gotten a lot of attention as a summer release but instead it got buried in September.

There aren’t any amazing performances but nobody is bad either.

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There are lots of noteworthy people in the movie besides Jason Clarke and Jake Gyllenhall including Michael Kelly, Robin Wright, Sam Worthington and Academy Award Nominees Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Emily Watson and Keira Knightley (although I do wonder why Knightley took such a minor role).

Last year my mom and I hiked the Inca Train together in Peru (check out my blog on the last day of that adventure: https://jeremyochsgonzales.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/peru-day-7-machu-picchu/) and after the movie we talked about how the challenge of climbing Mount Everest compares to what we did. We both agreed that the Inca Trail was about as much of a physical challenge as we were willing to give. I have no desire to climb Mount Everest myself but that doesn’t mean the movie isn’t worth seeing. If you have interest in seeing this movie I highly encourage you to try to see it on the big screen while you can. 

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