Everest is a film based on the 1996 Mount Everest disaster. The film focuses around the expeditions of Adventure Consultants, led by Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) and Mountain Madness led by Scott Fischer (Jake Gyllenhall).
I am not a big fan of horror films, it’s not because they scare me, it’s because they bore me. I always find the plot-lines predictable and when they try to scare people, I predict it and often do not find it that scary. I much prefer films that are more psychologically scary, or give an idea that scares me. To me, Everest is absolutely terrifying. I was scared watching it in the Cinema. The beautiful visual display of the mountain and by seeing it in 3D – it made the mountain really come to life; I felt like I had been transported to the South Submit.
The film begins by telling you that the trek to Everest is not simple achievement and most of the beginning of the film is dedicated to the fact that you are physically dying as you climb Everest. Climbing Everest is not a test of endurance, it’s a test of speed. Can you leave Camp IV and submit Everest before 1pm and can you submit and return before nightfall. If you fail to submit before 1pm. If you fail to return before nightfall your chances to survive exhausted, staved of oxygen, dehydrated, malnourished and increasingly risking exposure and frostbite decrease dramatically.
The film explores the idea of commercialising Everest and sending inexperienced climbers up the mountain and the risks that causes. Commercialisation brings people. When climbing the mountain climbers use certain routes, increased people on certain routes create a bottle neck. Bottle necks cause delays and delays on Mount Everest use Oxygen and can cost lives. Battling all of that you have the weather and when your in a extremely high risk situation with inexperienced climbers, rapid changes in the weather can cost lives.
This film is visually beautiful, it’s intense and the acting is superb. You must go see it. I also recommend watching the Seconds from Disaster documentary which is available on Youtube. It helps to spell out the decisions in the expedition that led to the disaster.