Rated: PG-13 for intense peril and disturbing images. Reviewed by: Dave Release date: September 18, 2015 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.
Everest has great visuals, big name actors, and a screenplay based on true-life events. Unfortunately, it plays out more like a National Geographic or History Channel documentary, rather than a feature film. There's a vast disconnect between what really occurred when eight climbers died in 1996; and how it's conveyed onscreen.
The Himalayan peak at 29,000 feet is the real star. Severe weather events, avalanches and a lack of oxygen make every climb dangerous, and potentially deadly. Everest focuses on the man versus nature scenario to full effect. Experience never guarantees success, every year deaths occur while attempting to reach the peak.
What was absent in this film was an ongoing tension maintained more effectively in Vertical Limit. Yet, Everest is well worth seeing just to sense the experience of what it's like to climb the Himalayas without actually being there.