Beyond the Edge Reviews

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July 10, 2014
It's all rendered in 3D, with the archival footage reformatted; you'll feel the Everest chill and gape at the astonishing vistas.
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July 3, 2014
Recalled in the somewhat breathless History Channel-style voice-overs of the participants and their families, the journey was a triumph of guts, perseverance, endurance, ingenuity and teamwork.
July 3, 2014
This absorbing account of the first recorded summit of the world's highest mountain is a rare documentary for which re-enactments make complete sense.
July 3, 2014
Though impressively shot, the doc is a weak advertisement for 3-D.
July 2, 2014
Like a mountaineer grappling on sheet ice, the film's focus on performance can result in a loss of footing.
May 22, 2014
It's a testament to the film-making that, despite the fact that we know the outcome, there's a great sense of relief when they finally reach the summit.
March 21, 2019
Something of a laborious trek for anyone not enraptured by Everest or its collection of intrepid would-be conquerors.
August 10, 2018
We are learning to forget basic human achievements on their own. The Sherpas who have lost their families and friends know better of course. A movie like this is a sharp and well-made reminder to the rest of us.
February 28, 2017
Just as she did with her great The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls, director Leanne Pooley's work neatly refreshes our appreciation of a local legend.
June 23, 2016
The recreations are excellent, right down the props, visual effects and costumes, unlike a great deal of History Channel documentaries.
May 16, 2015
Pooley and cinematographer Richard Bluck bring the story to life - along with the vivid possibility of death -- and the big screen is the place to see it.
October 16, 2014
Beyond The Edge brilliantly blends archival footage and reconstructions provide an engrossing, if sometimes dry, retelling of a breathtaking achievement.
August 10, 2014
You can't help but wonder how much more someone like Werner Herzog could have done with the story.
July 3, 2014
...cinematography is magnificent, the scenery stunningly beautiful, and the recreations are woven into the narrative so seamlessly that they are almost of the best mountain-climbing movies.
May 23, 2014
The film makes us admire him but there is little here of the excitement, pathos and despair that you find in the stories of climbers such as George Mallory and Joe Simpson.
May 23, 2014
Through gorgeous archival footage and new re-creations, thrillingly places us amidst the first successful summit of Everest in 1953, taking true advantage of 3D to offer us dazzling mountain vistas.
May 22, 2014
Beyond The Edge captures a vivid sense of the expedition's achievements in a conscientious, 3D documentary-drama.
May 22, 2014
A drably conventional retelling of Edmund Hillary's 1953 ascent of Mount Everest.
May 19, 2014
Despite the scenes featuring Moffitt and Tenzing were sometimes awkward and the inclusion of 3D not adding much to the overall viewing experience, Beyond The Edge is an enjoyable, informative and sometime-stunning docu-film.
May 19, 2014
This is genuinely inspirational stuff, and then some.
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