(2015) (Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Adventure: Rival mountain-climbing teams must come together on Everest when a severe snowstorm hits, imperiling multiple climbers.
- In 1996, professional mountain-climber Rob Hall (JASON CLARKE) leaves behind his pregnant wife, Jan (KEIRA KNIGHTLEY), to mount an expedition to climb Mt. Everest. Regular citizens like mailman Doug Hansen (JOHN HAWKES), rich Texan Beck Weathers (JOSH BROLIN), and travel journalist and publisher Jon Krakauer (MICHAEL KELLY) pay him money to get them to the top. Rob is assisted by climber Andy "Harold" Harris (MARTIN HENDERSON) and base camp manager Helen Wilton (EMILY WATSON).
Once in Nepal, though, Jason and his staff are dismayed when they learn that a number of other teams are hoping for similar windows during which they can also climb to the top. Chief among them is Scott Fischer (JAKE GYLLENHAAL), who has a friendly rivalry with Rob and is dismayed that Krakauer is going to be shadowing Rob's team for a feature cover article and not his.
Once on the climb, all concerned find it to be a grueling mission with some quitting or turning back. Beck starts to have second thoughts and calls his wife, Peach (ROBIN WRIGHT) back in the States. Eventually, the rival teams run into a highly severe snowstorm that makes climbing back down Everest treacherous at best and possibly impossible for some. All of the climbers are put into mortal jeopardy, and it's up to Helen and climber Guy Cotter (SAM WORTHINGTON) -- who has been shepherding less accomplished climbers on the lower elevations, but ever-watchful -- to come up with a plan that will save as many of their lives as possible.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- With the allure of IMAX 3-D and some amazing spectacle, tweens and teens may have some interest.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For intense peril and disturbing images.
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