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Everest boasts all the dizzying cinematography a person could hope to get out a movie about mountain climbers, even if it's content to tread less challenging narrative terrain.



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2 Guns helmer Baltasar Kormakur directs Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke, and John Hawkes in this adventure docudrama set in 1996, when a number of simultaneous expeditions up Mount Everest resulted in the deaths of eight climbers. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Jake Gyllenhaal
as Scott Fischer
Jason Clarke
as Rob Hall
John Hawkes
as Doug Hansen
Josh Brolin
as Beck Weathers
Robin Wright
as Peach Weathers
Keira Knightley
as Jan Arnold
Vanessa Kirby
as Sandy Hill Pittman
Clive Standen
as Ed Viesturs
Ang Phula Sherpa
as Ang Dorjee
Thomas M. Wright
as Michael Groom
Martin Henderson
as Andy 'Harold' Harris
Tom Goodman-Hill
as Hill-Neal Beidleman
Charlotte Boving
as Lene Gammelgaard
Pemba Sherpa
as Lopsang
Amy Shindler
as Charlotte Fox
Harrison Simon
as Tim Madsen
Chris Reilly
as Klev Schoening
Naoko Mori
as Yasuko Namba
Michael Kelly
as Jon Krakauer
Tim Dantay
as John Taske
Todd Boyce
as Frank Fischbeck
Mark Derwin
as Lou Kasischke
Emily Watson
as Helen Wilton
Sam Worthington
as Guy Cotter
Elizabeth Debicki
as Caroline Mackenzie
Justin Salinger
as Ian Woodall
Mia Goth
as Meg Weathers
Baltasar Kormákur
as Bub Weathers
Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson
as Anatoli Boukreev
Demitri Goritsas
as Stuart Hutchison
Chike Chan
as Makalu Gau
Micah Hauptman
as David Breashears
Lucy Newman-Williams
as Williams-Linda
Vijay Lama
as Colonel Madan
Avin Shah
as Co-Pilot
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Critic Reviews for Everest

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  • For all the natural spectacle, the characters are what hold one's attention.

    Sep 24, 2015 | Full Review…
  • "Everest," in short, suffers from the same problem as Everest: overcrowding.

    Sep 21, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Unlike many mountain-disaster stories, this is the kind that makes you never want to look at a mountain again.

    Sep 20, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Ultimately, "Everest" is an achievement of production, capturing the landscape in striking IMAX cinematography. It's also the compelling tale of mountains and the people who feel the need to conquer them, or be conquered in the process.

    Sep 18, 2015 | Rating: 3/4
  • A white-knuckle survival film with an outstanding cast.

    Sep 18, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Top Critic
  • Everest is a somewhat histrionic spin on a real-life tragedy.

    Sep 18, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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Audience Reviews for Everest

Probably the closest you will ever get to climbing Mount Everest without actually having to do it. A chilling, breathtakingly filmed survival thriller that follows the actual events of the 1996 expedition catastrophe pretty closely, relying on a strong cast and unforgettable, dizzying images.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Based on a true story, Everest is a captivating drama about one of the deadliest disasters that occurred on Mount Everest. The story follows experienced mountain guide Robert Hall as he trains and leads an expedition up to the summit of Mount Everest, but a series of misfortunes and severe weather leaves several climbers stranded and forced to fight for their lives as rescue attempts to get to them before they suffocate or freeze to death. Featuring an all-star cast that includes Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson, and Jake Gyllenhaal, the performances are extraordinarily good. And director Baltasar Kormakur does an incredible job at capturing the size and scope of the mountain, along with its dangers. However, the film has some problems keeping track of where the characters are, both relative to each other and the mountain at large. Yet despite a few storytelling issues, Everest is a compelling film about man's determination to overcome impossible odds and will to survive.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

Everest is a rather simple tale about a quest that ended in tragedy. It's an old fashioned rip roaring adventure ideally suited to the big screen. Early theater engagements were shown exclusively in IMAX 3D. The attributes of those formats serve this subject well. The visual splendor is beautifully conveyed. Sweeping vistas and aerial photography convey a sense of grandeur. One dizzy overhead shot above a high suspension bridge triggers feelings of acrophobia. This is a saga where nature is the enemy. A grueling storm, frostbite, blindless and the wind all threaten the safety of our courageous explorers. I am neither an experienced mountaineer nor was I present on the actual expedition. Therefore I am not here to vouch for the authenticity of facts of the sport or what really happened. What I am is a film critic, and I can say that Everest absolutely delivers thrilling entertainment. fastfilmreviews.com

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

A nerve-wrecking and moving film that recounts the real story of an adventure that turned into a nightmare at the top of the world, and it is great to see how it depicts the whole incident as a realistic consequence of a risky journey instead of making it about mere visual entertainment.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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