Aint no mountain high enough...
Hoyts Highpoint, 17/09 8:30pm
Running time: 120m
Country: United States / United Kingdom
Classification: M (Mature themes)
Release date: 17/09/15
Cost: $10 (Optus Rewards)
Rating: 5.5/10 (ME 2.5/5, DP 3/5)
Everest is the story of a disastrous attempt of a group of climbers (of varying experience) led by Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain. It's an intense human drama which explores the folly of attempting something extraordinary, though essentially pointless.
The ensemble cast is a full of actors from our most and least favourite films this year; Jason Clarke (Terminator Genisys), Jake Gyllenhaal (Southpaw), Josh Brolin (Inherent Vice), Sam Worthington (Paper Planes), Emily Watson (A Royal Night Out) and Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game) deliver solid performances. There's an interesting story here but it could've been told much faster. It was difficult to empathise with any of the characters (perhaps this was the point) in the faux heroics of their quest. What lets the film down is the use of computer generated special effects and impossible camera angles; being set at one of the world's natural wonders isn't enough for the Hollywood smoke and mirrors factory. The most disappointing scenes are the ones at the mountain's summit where some dodgy green screen work destroys the suspension of disbelief. (ME)
22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards