Friday, October 2, 2015
Everest Review: Rocky Climb leads to Tense Adventure
As stated, this film based on the true events of Rob Hall (portrayed by Jason Clarke) and excavation of Adventure Consultant. Along with the group Mountain Madness led by Scott Fischer (portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal), Rob leads a group of climbers to the top of Mount Everest. After reaching their goal, tragedy strikes the group as a storm traps Rob and the other climbers on the top of Everest.
The story to this film certainly surprised me. The advertisement for Everest suggested that the plot's focal point would be the storm, but that was not the case. Instead the plot centered on Adventure Consultant's climb to the top of Mount Everest. This was not a bad direction for the story as it provided an idea of how excavation on Everest are handle and how dangerous it can be to climb such as feat. The only issue I had with Everest's story was its structure. While it captured the concept of climbing Everest, I felt that the pacing could be sporadic which made it difficult to enjoy the adventurous aspect to the film. Thankfully what solidified this plot was the film's climax which brought all the drama and tension to Everest to a gripping full circle.
Everest may have some issues in its story and characters, but I still found this blockbuster to be effective. When it came to the concepts behind the film, this movie captured the the complexity of climbing Everest; as well as remaining true to the drama behind the 1996 tragedy. So while it may have had a tough time up that mountain, I do believe that Everest makes the climb as it was indeed a solid Fall Blockbuster.