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Youth Review: Everest

09 October 2015

Everest is the latest disaster adventure film to hit our screens this year, but unlike San Andreas this is not named after a video game and is also a true story, based on the tragedy that befell several climbers on an expedition back in 1996 whilst on the great big Mount Everest.

As the film stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Kiera Knightley, Emily Watson, and Jake Gyllenhaal, it can feel a little cluttered at times. However because Everest is based on a true story this was pretty unavoidable and luckily the film boasts quite a high level of acting ability, which means that many of the actors do a lot with very little. Emily Watson puts in a great performance and surprisingly Kiera Knightly also gets a special mention for her heart wrenching scenes with Jason Clarke. This, coupled with the fantastic visuals are worth the ticket price alone, but what the group really picked up on was the sense of coldness. In scenes where actors are left out in the cold, you really do get a sense of the horrific toil this exerts on the body and this is thanks to both the performances and the excellent film making.

Everest also tries very hard to avoid most of the clichés of films like Cliffhanger or Vertical Limit and so it plays more like a human drama only instead of a kitchen sink it’s a massive great mountain that frames the melodrama. Because of this some of the group felt that moments of extreme danger and even death scenes felt slightly more incidental than they would have liked. This being said the group all agreed that they preferred this approach to the over-the-top Hollywood treatment this film could have received. 

So overall a strong 7/10. It isn’t completely perfect but it is a solid, nicely crafted and entertaining piece of drama, set on a big old hill. Worth checking out.

By Collective Review by QUAD Youth Review