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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Everest: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

Everest is the retelling of the 1996 Mount Everest tragedy which claimed eight lives because of a deadly blizzard. Adventure Consultants led by New Zealand mountaineer Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) is preparing for another group of clients that will embark and attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest. His group consists of Texan veteran Beck Weathers (Josh Brolin), Yasuko Namba (Naoko Mori), who is hoping to reach her "seventh-summit", Writer Jon Krakauer (Michael Kelly) of the Outside Magazine and Doug Hansen (John Hawkes), a mailman who tries another shot after failing to reach the top in his first try.

The movie has a lengthy run-time, as it feels that we are just watching the Titanic all over again because of its slow pace. It started by letting the viewers know the characters of the story as we follow their triumph and tragic experience while they journey to reach the top of the Everest. Director Baltasar Korm├íkur brilliantly escalates the thrills and pushes human boundaries to the limit with this hefty adaptation. Though it fell short in reaching a certain line in creating a bigger impact to the drama that lies within.    

The film also had a stellar cast; with a great overall performance coming from Jason Clarke. He has a strong line-up of supporting cast that includes Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightly and Emily Watson that all gave a compelling act throughout the entire film.

Overall, Everest is visually stunning all throughout as it recreates magnificent shots that will make your cinematic experience into another level. They made a convincing perception of the environment along with the danger and authentic sounds that elevates the excitement. It just fell short on the emotional department as we can't really seem to feel the drama around it, especially in the latter part.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal

Directed by: Baltasar Kormákur
Distributed by: United International Pictures PH
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide


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