Is it the journey up, or the journey down? Director Baltasar Kormakur poses this question when he tells this true story about a climb of Mt. Everest that is hit with a massive snow storm.
Seeing trailers for this film, you had to take your hat off to the casting director getting all this talent together. Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, Robin Wright, and Kiera Knightly. What a cast. This true story is something to behold as well. Looking back on this and doing some research, you just can’t believe not only the courage, but unfortunately how many things went wrong.
This movie is visually breathtaking. You begin the journey with Rob (Clarke), Beck (Brolin) and Scott (Gyllenhaal), and you get what you paid for, the climb begins within the first ten minutes of the film.
The cinematography and direction is what keeps you on the edge of your seat. There are some quiet character moments, when they talk about why they climb but the real character moments come during the climb. You really see who has the courage to go beyond just climbing and coming back, but to go save someone who’s struggling. That’s really what this movie is about.
The acting is top notch, with Clarke, Brolin, and Gyllenhaal all bringing their character to life and doing so in a way that makes you root for them to ascent Everest. This is definitely worth a watch on the big screen.