Vertical Limit (2000)



Critic Consensus: The plot in Vertical Limit is ludicrously contrived and cliched. Meanwhile, the action sequences are so over-the-top and piled one on top of another, they lessen the impact on the viewer.

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"The Vertical Limit" is a high-adrenaline tale of a young climber who must launch a treacherous and extraordinary rescue effort up K-2, the world's second highest peak, to save his sister and her summit team in a race against time.
PG-13 (for intense life/death situations and brief strong language)
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Chris O'Donnell
as Peter Garrett
Robin Tunney
as Annie Garrett
Scott Glenn
as Montgomery Wick
Bill Paxton
as Elliot Vaughn
Izabella Scorupco
as Monique Aubertine
Nicholas Lea
as Tom McLaren
Alexander Siddig
as Kareen Nazir
Robert Taylor
as Skip Taylor
Temuera Morrison
as Major Rasul
Stuart Wilson
as Royce Garrett
Steve Le Marquand
as Cyril Bench
Ben Mendelsohn
as Malcolm Bench
Roshan Seth
as Col. Amir Salim
Alejanro Valdes-Rochin
as Sergeant Asim
Rod Brown
as Ali Hasan
Dave Bergman
as Climbing Doubles
Ed Viesturs
as Himself
Karl Boomsma
as Climbing Doubles
David Hayman
as Frank `Chainsaw' Williams
Robert Mammone
as Brian Maki
Charles Graham
as Climbing Doubles
Nicole Whippy
as Spanish Climber
Clinton Beavan
as WNN Cameraman
Colin Moy
as Technician
Jo Davidson
as Italian Team Member
Ian Bolt
as Technician
Nicolette Kenny
as Technician
Ross McKellar
as Technician
Patricia Deavoll
as Climbing Doubles
Tiffany DeCastro
as Crying Woman
Tom Struthers
as Grunge Climber
Leos Stransky
as Grunge Climber
Aaron Halstead
as Climbing Doubles
Tiffany de Castro
as Crying Woman
Campbell Cooley
as `Campbell'
Bruce Hasler
as Climbing Doubles
Jo Davison
as Italian Team Member
Tamati Rice
as Party Goer
Bryan Moore
as Climbing Doubles
Leela Patel
as Mayama Wick
Craig Gavin
as Summit Air Pilot
Shahid Zafar
as Prayer Leader
Alejandro Valdes-Rochin
as Sergeant Asim
Bruce Kingan
as Rasul Flying Double
Ed Viesters
as Ed Viesturs
Kat West
as Climbing Doubles
Steve LeMarquand
as Cyril Bench
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Critic Reviews for Vertical Limit

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Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | April 25, 2003
Globe and Mail
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June 4, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Full Review… | March 21, 2001
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Full Review… | February 7, 2001
Ebert & Roeper
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The pace of the movie rarely flags (neither does the idiocy, alas) and it's enough to warrant a marginal recommendation.

December 8, 2000
Toronto Star
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Audience Reviews for Vertical Limit


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Super Reviewer


This was the coolest movie when I was 11 years old and I still have to say that it's a lot of fun and delivers adrenaline with an icy cold fury. It's like an unofficial companion to Cliffhanger; this deals with a similar case of rock climbing guilt. There are so many crazy stunts, unwarranted destruction and deadly situations that it's hard not to get wrapped up in the story and feel the power of snow terror running down your spine. Chris O'Donnell fares extremely well as his action star self, something that must've been hard to achieve post-Batman & Robin. Bill Paxton also works well as the movie's diabolical villain who somehow manages to outshine a natural disaster. With incredibly well shot action sequences, great pacing and fun characters, it's hard not to find something to enjoy about this.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


Vertical Limit is an exciting Mountain Climbing, action packed guilty pleasure. The acting isnt great and the special effects are average at best but the storyline is well delivered and will have you hanging on the edge of your seat throughout. Twists and turns are what power this movie forward as we follow a rescue mission up K2, against the elements and against time as Peter Garrett (Chris O'Donnell) tries to save his sister. Its the opening sequence that hooks you in though as its probably one of the most effective and emotionally draining opening scenes I've seen in a very long time. Very powerful and a great way to start the movie. As said, this is a guilty pleasure and Bill Paxton is always worth a watch! "That's a bloody great idea. Smoking next to the nitro. Although, bro and I always hoped that you'd blow us. "

Christopher Alcock
Christopher Alcock

Super Reviewer

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