Film Review: Everest

JMC Academy Film & TV Student Georgia Lyons reviews the recent release of Everest. Take a look at her thoughts on the film... 

If you’re planning a fun night out and plan to see a movie, maybe skip that viewing of Everest, unless of course everest1.jpgyou want to leave the cinema depressed and googling the true story the film is based off.  

Everest is still in its first week of release and this movie wouldn’t be my first suggestion of films to see if someone asked. The story is based off true events in 1996, where mountain guider Rob Hall and his climbing team called ‘Adventure consultants’ (which had gotten many climbers to the top of Everest successfully before) were hit by a storm on their decent and eight people lost their lives. 

     Now if you didn’t know the story behind the film when going into the movie you’d think of Hollywood movies where everyone ends up being okay or getting better and happy endings. Well that’s not Everest. This film truly follows the recounts of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster. While the story leaves you depressed and wanting to stay indoors for the rest of your life, the visual look and acting in this film are the standout elements. 

     The film doesn’t follow a classic one-line narrative about a single character, but takes a look at the events that are happening from different people’s accounts. (With Rob Hall as the protagonist) So you may feel as if the story is all over the place at some points in the movies, but it’s all focused around the climb. You were able to get a look at the people who weren’t on Everest being affected by the climb itself. (two wives of climbers) 

     Keira Knightley acts as Rob Hall’s wife and will blow you away with her New Zealand accent. (of course you know it’s fake but she does it so well!) And you will be further blown away knowing that they actually filmed on Mount Everest. While they didn’t make their cast climb the whole thing, the shooting was mainly based just below base camp. Director Baltasar Korm├íkur took this film to a whole other level. It’s a mix of a natural geographic documentary with Hollywood blockbuster. 
everrest-2.jpg     The visual effects in this film are seamless; you won't notice them at all. You can’t really tell the difference between when they’re filming on set to when they’re filming on the actual mountain. You’ll be gripping onto your seat knowing this is as close to the mountain, as you will ever want to get. 

     At the beginningof the film, it builds you up, it makes you confident and you totally think you can do this. Then tragedy doesn’t strike at the middle of the film (like if often does) that’s when you know it’s going to be down hill from here. You leave the film feeling depressed questioning why people would ever want to do something like this, and you google everything and anything to do with Mount Everest (I even looked up the death toll of climbers and what happened to bodies, not a good thing to be looking up late a night) But upon this googling you’ll find out how many people have succ
essful done it and it begins to bring your hopes back up.

    In saying all of this, Everest is a film that needs to be seen. It’s a visual reference of a story that’s been told by many people and will blow you away with facts and scenes, like the fact they ACTUALLY filmed it on Mount Everest! As well as Keria Knightley’s accent (a must see/hear), Jake Gyllenhaal is topless for a few minutes (who wouldn’t want to see that?). It’s worth the depressed feeling when you leave the cinema. 

Thanks Georgia! Let us know what you thought of the film in the poll on the right! 

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