Take for instance the movie ROCKY. Whether you see the film in IMAX or in a regular theater, not a second goes by when we don’t feel the sheer scope and scale of this mountain.
Everest is inspired from the personal account of Jon Krakeur’s bestseller, Into Thin Air, and Kormakur depicts the story of that unfateful journey.
Another striking detail is the fantastic photography Salvatore Totino, who impressively exploited this mountain landscapes, the color palette is rich and varied, a very risky proposal which generally films of this kind we are accustomed to their duo colors and drawings General nauseum. The people the actors portray are all decent folks that you’d want to be around, which makes it even more devastating to see what awful fate befalls them.
The year is 1996. There is a hint of a rivalry here with more upstart contenders, but Clarke’s valiant efforts can’t make Hall rise above being a heroic, one-dimensional figure who says repeatedly that he is there not just to take his team up but to bring them down safely. Thanks to Hall’s track record of success, rival guides like Scott Fischer (a laid-back Jake Gyllenhaal) are starting to crowd in.
Lacking something more. Some of the climbers who survived the blizzard on the mountain lived to tell the tale, and released books about their ordeal.
EVEREST is consistently breathtaking on IMAX screens and in 3D. He can bluntly ask what the audience is thinking, and he does at one point in the movie. So, you have this incredible mix of ingredients from incredible characters to one of the most exotic and dramatic settings on Earth with circumstances you really couldn’t make up. Using parts of Everest itself to shoot scenes he gets incredible views and realistic climbing sequences. Although the heartrending story provides the drama for the film, it’s the mountain and the climb that delivers the punch. Online, Jake Gyllenhaal talks about his experience in working and adventuring in the set with other performers-Josh Broslin, Jason Clarke and its movie director, Baltasar Kormakur. He gives Gyllenhaal, Brolin, and Clarke all room to create amiable characters. Because of this emphasis on the scenic the depth of the characters’ stories are trimmed, but it doesn’t matter. There’s no one to blame for this disaster that occurred on Mount Everest, no specific act of stupidity or any particular failure to observe safety protocols or even anyone who sticks their middle finger up at nature. “It’ll leave you exhilarated rather than exhausted“. The people that lost their lives trying to climb Mount Everest at least went out trying to accomplish something that meant a great deal to them, I just feel bad for those they left behind. For thrill-seekers, there will be plenty to love. The story they all tell is one of Everest becoming more commercial, with professional climbers going into the business of taking amateurs to the summit. At the end of the day, my mind can’t quite admire the level of insane that these individuals have to have in order to face nearly certain death.
The film debuts in IMAX/3D exclusively on Friday, September 18, 2015, and opens wider in theaters the following week.