So, I went to Hoyts Cinemas at Tea Tree Plaza (good thing I already have a Hoyts Members Card!), this time to see the film Everest.
I wasn’t sure about this film before I went in. I felt it could have been good or it could have sucked. The story of the film is a faithful retelling of the ill-fated expedition to the summit of Mt Everest via the South Face of Everest, led by New Zealander Rob Hall and American Scott Fischer, in which five climbers lost their lives (including the experienced Hall and Fischer) when a massive storm hit the Everest area in the Himalayas. More story than that, you don’t need to know.
There is decent enough star power in this film. Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin and Keira Knightley (almost unrecognisable to me and putting on a great Kiwi accent, which threw me off picking her on screen) provide plenty of B-List Star Power, and ‘Everywhere At The Moment’ Aussie Actor Jason Clarke is a good Rob Hall. The real star of the film is the scenery of Mt Everest and the Himalayas, and the film is almost worth the admission money to see that!
However the direction of the film is what makes it. Following a well-known storyline, Director Baltasar Kormákur (from Iceland and most famous so far for B-grade Hollywood action flicks 2 Guns and Contraband) delivers tight performances from his actors, beautiful sweeping helicopter shots and the perfect amount of tension in this movie. So even though you know some things are going to happen, you still find yourself sitting on the edge of your seat as they occur on screen.
A very decent disaster film. Worth your dollar if you want to go see it.
David Emms is an electronic engineer, a father, and an avid movie goer.
He lives in Adelaide.