The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest (2010)
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 adventure lives again. The expedition was led by renowned mountaineer Conrad Anker, whose life became inextricably linked with Mallory s after he found Mallory s body on Everest in 1999. Using replica 1920s-era clothing and equipment, Anker sets out to solve the great mystery of whether Mallory succeeded in summiting Everest before he died he was last seen just 800 feet from the summit before the clouds closed in and he disappeared into legend. The most heartbreaking clue: All of Mallory s belongings were found intact on his body, except the photograph of his beloved Ruth, which he promised to leave at the top of the world if he succeeded. -- (C) National Geographic … More
- PG (for thematic elements involving hardships of climbing, and some historical smoking images)
- Documentary , Special Interest
- Directed By:
- Anthony Geffen
- Written By:
- Mark Halliley
- In Theaters:
- Aug 6, 2010 Limited
- On DVD:
- Mar 15, 2011
- Box Office:
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Critic Reviews for The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest
In tandem with this bang-up adventure runs Mallory's fascinating life story.
It's all a bit hokey, though the mountaineering footage is often spectacular.
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.
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.
The layers of narrative prove too diffuse, and there is not a good enough arc to hold a cinema audience for the duration.
For lovers of the greatest of outdoors, The Wildest Dream is a worthy excursion, especially on the big IMAX screen.
This hybrid movie combines scenic cinematography, documentary and two very different dramatic recreations of a historical event to tell a fascinating story.
With the exception of some TV-duff recreations and CSI-style razzle-dazzle it is fascinating.
You'll be sweaty-palmed and mildly nauseous -- in the very best way.
The photography is suitably spectacular and there's a starry voice cast...
The Wildest Dream is an often gripping account of the men who dare to climb toward heaven, and sometimes pay the ultimate price.
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.
What really brings the past alive in The Wildest Dream is those glorious voices.
Screenwriter Mark Halliley has caught Mallory's passionate obsession and Geffen and his camera team have captured the majesty of the mountain.
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.
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