The Summit Reviews

  • Feb 05, 2018

    Intriguing. On-mountain footage spectacular. Case study in how not to work together. Also, an example of how facts become stories (often (de)emphasising a subset of those facts). Strong personalities interesting. The Sherpas sensible, as ever. The complex storytelling easy to follow, if you concentrate. Ger McDonnell a remarkable individual. Recommended.

    Intriguing. On-mountain footage spectacular. Case study in how not to work together. Also, an example of how facts become stories (often (de)emphasising a subset of those facts). Strong personalities interesting. The Sherpas sensible, as ever. The complex storytelling easy to follow, if you concentrate. Ger McDonnell a remarkable individual. Recommended.

  • Dec 23, 2017

    not terribly exciting but, definitely shows you the harsh reality of extreme climbing

    not terribly exciting but, definitely shows you the harsh reality of extreme climbing

  • Nov 08, 2017

    Badly edited feature about people who decide to spend a fortune to climb a mountain notorious for its' high rate of deaths. So half of the movie is about them attempting to get to summit and the other half is them complaining and scratching their heads in disbelief that not all succeeded or survived. The movie should have been called "You can't cure stupid".

    Badly edited feature about people who decide to spend a fortune to climb a mountain notorious for its' high rate of deaths. So half of the movie is about them attempting to get to summit and the other half is them complaining and scratching their heads in disbelief that not all succeeded or survived. The movie should have been called "You can't cure stupid".

  • May 27, 2017

    Heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. The Summit is a documentary about one of the most beautiful and dangerous places on earth. The events are properly researched and told in a interesting way.

    Heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. The Summit is a documentary about one of the most beautiful and dangerous places on earth. The events are properly researched and told in a interesting way.

  • Jan 28, 2017

    An interesting story and terrible tragedy, but difficult to follow at times.

    An interesting story and terrible tragedy, but difficult to follow at times.

  • Feb 02, 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.

    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.

  • Jan 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.

    The K2 literally casts a shadow as the sun sets-- all the way to China. The film itself was confusing, sad, and scary.

  • Jan 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.

    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.

  • Nov 10, 2015

    Fascinating but rather disjointed.

    Fascinating but rather disjointed.

  • Daniel P Super Reviewer
    Oct 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.

    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.