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Inspired by the incredible events surrounding a treacherous attempt to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain, "Everest" documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest of elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival.

Actors: Jason Clarke , Jake Gyllenhaal , Josh Brolin , John Hawkes , Sam Worthington , Robin Wright , Keira Knightley , Clive Standen , Emily Watson , Mia Goth , Ang Phula Sherpa , Thomas M. Wright , Martin Henderson
Directors: Baltasar Kormákur
Country: UK , USA , ICELAND
Release: 2015-09-10
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  • Steve Davis

    This is a movie you feel deeply in the pit of your stomach. Sometimes, it literally hurts to watch it.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    The mountain, grim and unforgiving, remains the star.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    This is what filmed spectacle used to look like — a trip to a place or time most of us could never see.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    It lacks the same constant surprises of last year's "Gravity" or the visual poetry of "Mad Max: Fury Road," but Kormákur's movie nonetheless marks the rare fusion of effective craftsmanship with focused storytelling.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    It succeeds wonderfully, offering moviegoers a rare taste of rarified air -- and as compelling an argument as you can make for seeing a movie writ large on the oversized screen of an actual movie theater.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Jacob Hall

    Like the mountain for which it’s named, Everest is rock solid. It’s big, it’s beautiful, it’s terrifying, and it’s merciless to both its characters and the audience.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Dave Calhoun

    Kormákur creates such a convincing world – the craft of this film is astonishing – that you’re willing to forgive its less delicate touches in favour of its totally compelling depiction of what it must be like to ascend into a place that’s heaven one moment and hell the very next.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    With its perilous central premise and gallery of individuals some of whom are destined not to make it, you could say Everest is a disaster movie in the old Hollywood sense of the term, but it doesn't feel like one. And that's a good thing.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Kate Taylor

    There is no tragic hero here; there is no overarching explanation, but a movie that offered either of those would seem pretty pat. Take it or leave, Everest is just there.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Katie Rife

    Part IMAX nature documentary and part Hollywood disaster movie, it does an effective job of conveying what it’s like to climb the mountain, the hours and days spent acclimating on practice hikes, and the punishing physical effects that accompany each subsequent change of altitude.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    In this case, character development is neglected in favor of awe-inspiring views. There are times when we feel like we're on the mountain. Unfortunately, our companions - the men and women populating the screen - are never more than half-formed.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    Director Baltasar Kormákur (“2 Guns”) and his cast craft a lean narrative tone that humanizes the action without an excess of gloss.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    There have been plenty of mountaineering documentaries over the last few years, and Everest suffers in comparison to them simply by being a dramatization. As realistic as the effects are (and you can occasionally tell when a shot is green-screened), you're still aware on a gut level that Jason Clarke and Josh Brolin were not actually filmed at 29,000 feet above sea level.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    There's only one star in this movie: Everest. Kormákur couldn't shoot higher than base camp, around 14,000 feet, without sickening the actors. But a crew traveled to the top to get footage, while much of the climbing was shot in the Dolomites. No matter. You watch Everest and you believe.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    Based on true events, filled with stunning visuals and featuring more than a half-dozen of our best actors delivering solid performances, Baltasar Kormakur’s Everest is a high-altitude roller coaster ride that will leave you drained.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    Everest may disappoint those looking for a more awe-inspiring film with big vistas and jaw-dropping stunts and acts of surreal heroism. Unlike many mountain-disaster stories, this is the kind that makes you never want to look at a mountain again.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Kormakur doesn’t make the mistake of exalting his subjects as extraordinary individuals, or suggesting that they were obeying some sort of noble higher calling. Everest is blunt, businesslike and — as it begins its long march through the death zone — something of an achievement.

    Variety Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Director Baltasar Kormakur (2 Guns) essentially made a faux documentary with big stars and better lighting.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    When the lights come up, you don’t want to feel like you’ve watched a ­better Cliffhanger. You want to understand the tragedy you’ve just watched. Yes, you want to be entertained, but you also want the icy, whipping wind of reality to sting.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Jessica Kiang

    Salvatore Totino's crisp 3D photography and Kormakur's way with a clear, fluid, thrilling action sequence show off the mountain in immensely impressive ways. But the humans involved get short shrift.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    There’s a resemblance here to both the story and the movie adaptation of the story told in “The Perfect Storm.” The characters involved are making a good faith effort—but good faith efforts by humans can only go so far. Full Review
  • Eric Henderson

    It feels less like an cautionary adventure movie or the classy Hollywood equivalent of a Reader's Digest "Drama in Real Life" and much more like a disaster epic.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Everest gets several things right, but it fails to find a way to make the average viewer relate to the people on the mountain.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    A fairly good, extremely grueling movie as far as it goes — tracks the true-life fortunes of a battered group of climbers to the highest place on Earth. Yet somehow it doesn't go far enough.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The insertion of attractive Hollywood stars into a daunting landscape makes for some odd contradictions of scale as the story unfolds with white-knuckle inevitability. [28 Sept. 2015, p.61]

    Time Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Though there is heroism as well as love here, because it involves the deaths of people we have come to care about, Everest is finally a sad story, though not always a dramatically involving one.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Everest is a sprawling mess of a movie, one you feel like could have been great but instead roams all over the place and winds up being just pretty good.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Everest is visually splendid, though it loses a few points for its murkiness in rendering its main characters as distinct individuals.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • James Mottram

    A valiant effort that never quite scales the dizzy emotional heights required, running out of oxygen in the final act. Visually, though, it’s stunning.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Kim Newman

    Spectacular and well-acted, this suffers from much the same problem as the situation it depicts — too many people on the mountain and too many threads to follow so that affecting individual stories get lost in the snow.

    Empire Full Review
  • John Bleasdale

    Ultimately, Everest is not concerned with the why, but with the how and it's grimly efficient at building up the drama, helped on by Clarke's wonderful character study, even if the film as a whole never quite reaches the dizzying heights of its subject.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    The hardship of the trek is vividly and stomach-lurchingly portrayed, particularly when the storm sets in, but it never makes the crucial leap from the screen into your bones.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    This is one of those cases where fictionalizing a true event, or at least fusing two or three real people into one composite character, might have resulted in tighter storytelling.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    Everest, in short, suffers from the same problem as Everest: overcrowding.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    The feature film Everest provides soaring visuals, but it’s a distant second in terms of storytelling depth and narrative impact.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Though it assembles a first-rate cast in a story taken from reality, Everest feels icebound and strangely abstract, lacking the gravity of genuine tragedy or the swagger of first-rate adventure.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Tim Grierson

    While it’s impossible not to be somewhat caught up in these climbers’ life-or-death struggle, Everest is oddly uninvolving — it depicts a horrific scenario in an underwhelming, distancing way.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    Everest is a frustrating movie in many ways – despite some lurches and shocks, it doesn’t quite deliver the edge-of-your-seat thrills that many were hoping for, and all those moderately engaging characters mean that there is no centrally powerful character.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The director was Baltasar Kormákur, a gifted filmmaker from Iceland who shouldn’t be blamed for a case of industrial filmmaking gone wrong — the culprits in elaborate clunkers like this are usually the producers and the studios.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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