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The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest (2009)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 5

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Eighty-five years after George Mallory s final attempt to summit Mount Everest, The Wildest Dream explores Mallory s obsession with becoming the first person to reach the highest place on Earth. Told through the explorer s poignant and evocative letters to his wife, Ruth, previously unseen photos and film archive from 1924 (restored from the original nitrate especially for the film), dramatization and a modern-day expedition retracing the original route taken in 1924, Mallory s incredible


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Mar 15, 2011


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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (8)

An unabashedly romanticized docudrama.

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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In tandem with this bang-up adventure runs Mallory's fascinating life story.

August 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Anker's story is remarkable.

August 27, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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It's all a bit hokey, though the mountaineering footage is often spectacular.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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You may not believe it's possible to bore people to death with a film about risking your life, but The Wildest Dream comes shockingly close.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comment (1)
New York Times
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The movie excels not in the plentiful shots of Everest's majesty, but in its nuanced depiction of Mallory through interviews, archival footage and letters.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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The layers of narrative prove too diffuse, and there is not a good enough arc to hold a cinema audience for the duration.

February 1, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

For lovers of the greatest of outdoors, The Wildest Dream is a worthy excursion, especially on the big IMAX screen.

October 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

It will haunt you for days. And inspire you forever.

September 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

This hybrid movie combines scenic cinematography, documentary and two very different dramatic recreations of a historical event to tell a fascinating story.

September 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

With the exception of some TV-duff recreations and CSI-style razzle-dazzle it is fascinating.

September 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

You'll be sweaty-palmed and mildly nauseous -- in the very best way.

September 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

The photography is suitably spectacular and there's a starry voice cast...

September 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Respectable but often dry and dull.

September 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

The Wildest Dream is an often gripping account of the men who dare to climb toward heaven, and sometimes pay the ultimate price.

September 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The film skillfully mixes exposition, including Mallory and his wife Ruth's letters read aloud, re-creations, interviews, amazing archival footage and still images of stunning nature photography.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

What really brings the past alive in The Wildest Dream is those glorious voices.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Screenwriter Mark Halliley has caught Mallory's passionate obsession and Geffen and his camera team have captured the majesty of the mountain.

August 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Geffen captures stunning images of the mountain as he follows Anker and Houlding in Mallory's footsteps.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: DCist

Audience Reviews for The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest

"Why do you want to climb Mount Everest?"
"Because it's there".....haunting and inspiring, i wish he did conquer the Everest in 1924.
May 4, 2011
Sundeep Bhat

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A really interesting story (both past and present) and amazing footage of a place that most of us will never go.
April 24, 2011

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