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The Summit Reviews

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February 2, 2016
The subject matter and the people are interesting enough to make this worth watching. The storyline isn't completely coherent, and it's not the best mountain climbing documentary out there.
½ January 25, 2016
The K2 literally casts a shadow as the sun sets-- all the way to China. The film itself was confusing, sad, and scary.
½ January 11, 2016
In August 2008, K2 mysteriously claimed the lives of eleven climbers and marked one of the deadliest days in mountaineering history. The Summit is a documentary that attempts to unwind all of the stories and find truth behind what actually happened.

The spotlight is set on the very likeable, Ger McDonnell and the unfortunate decisions he faced on that grim day in the death zone. Writer Mark Monroe and Director Nick Ryan do a great job of illustrating the fallibility of humans under stress and in doing so, create the heroes and villains that every great story requires.
½ November 10, 2015
Fascinating but rather disjointed.
Super Reviewer
½ October 18, 2015
It's time shifting structure seems unnecessary in what is after all a documentary/docudrama and not a fiction film, but otherwise this is a gripping and desperately sad account of a tragedy on the slopes of one on of the most beautiful places on earth.
½ September 30, 2015
What worked? The visuals were well used and the overhead shots of K2 were breathtaking. What didnā??t work? Execution. This documentary was messy, sloppily pasted together without any kind of natural flow or overarching point. It's a hodge-podge of footage - Interviews in particular lacked a sense of connectivity. The insertion of the background and history of the first K2 climber hung limply out of context with the rest of the stories, tangled as they were. The lack of clear, identifiable thread throughout took away from what could have been a really compelling story.
½ September 13, 2015
Although at times a little leading and dramatised this documentary on forty eight hours of carnage on the world's most dangerous mountain still manages to drag in the viewer before reaching a questionable conclusion.
April 28, 2015
confused and confusing from a narrative/film perspective. but still worth seeing to learn more about the story.
½ March 20, 2015
What A Dangerous Persuit For Happiness, A Fleeting Short Moment, Bookmarked By Painful Terrifying Memories...The Seperate Stories Of Heroics By 'Ger' & 'Pemba' Are Amazing. K2 Certainly Gives It's Honors With Little Regard To Humanitys Careless Nature, It Is A Very..Very Dangerous Place.
January 18, 2015
THE SUMMIT skirts some of the mysteries of the loss of 11 climbers on K2 in 2008, likely because there are no clear answers. Unfortunately we learn very little about most of the 11; instead the focus is on two of the eleven who lost their lives. Not sure why.
½ December 3, 2014
It's an intriguing story but the content was too sparse to sustain the film. There was not enough footage, photos, first-hand accounts, or even details of the event to leave one satisfied. An account of the first successful Italian expedition (decades earlier) was awkwardly and inexplicably wedged in to fill the void but only distracted.
September 15, 2014
Seeing other reviews left me very disappointed. Not for the film. The film is fantastic and very well explained.. Disappointed that one must have paid little attention to the film to say it was "confusing." Love this film. It is both fulfilling and clarifying as well as well directed and graphically competent.
July 6, 2014
Tells some of the story at least
July 6, 2014
Tells some the story at least
½ June 27, 2014
A little scattershot in its recounting of the events, but poor storytelling can't make this material uninteresting.
½ May 20, 2014
Visually impressive and well-researched, The Summit certainly stirs up the terror and mystery that attended that disastrous weekend. I say SEE IT!!!
May 5, 2014
Thrilling documentary.
½ May 5, 2014
This has to be one of the worst documentaries I've ever seen. Such little explanation, chopping and changing time frames which left me frustrated and unable to continue watching.
½ April 20, 2014
Pretty boring movie. They try to make it sound like there was a big conspiracy on the mountain. Let's face it - a bunch of people tried to climb a dangerous mountain, a bunch and got killed. I can't understand why this movie got such great reviews. I thought it was lame.
½ April 11, 2014
I always find these high production true life mountain climbing movies fascinating, and this one is no exception. Not as good as 'Touching the Void', but still worth watching.
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