Everest (2015)

UK| September 2015| 121 min| English
Everest (2015)
Genre Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Color Color
Certification USA:PG-13 , UK:12A , Germany:12 , Ireland:12A , Singapore:PG
Locations Kathmandu, Nepal
Lukla, Nepal
Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Rome, Lazio, Italy
Val Senales, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Director Baltasar Kormákur
Lead Cast Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Sam Worthington
Watch Trailer of EVEREST (2015)
Never let go
Plot Summary
The film is based on true events of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, and focuses on the survival attempts of two expedition groups, one led by Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) and the other by Scott Fischer (Jake Gyllenhaal). The plot follows the story of climbers and Sherpa guides from two expeditions who started their final ascent toward the summit of Mount Everest on 10th May 1966, but were engulfed in a ferocious storm and catastrophic blizzard leaving them to survive the blistering winds, freezing temperatures, and various other odds and harsh conditions, leading to the death of a dozen climbers and guides who were trying to reach the summit, thereby making this one of the deadliest days and deadliest years on Mount Everest.
Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) was the first non-Sherpa to climb Everest five times. His wife Jan (Keira Knightley), who was pregnant during the 1966 event, went on to become the second New Zealand woman to summit Everest (after Lydia Bradey).

Actor Christian Bale was the initial choice for the role of Rob Hall, but he left the project for a role in Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014). This is the second film in which he got replaced by Jason Clarke after Terminator Genisys (2015).

Robin Wright (playing Peach Weather) and Michael Kelly (playing journalist Jon Krakauer) are also co-stars in the Netflix series House of Cards (2013) .

Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington previously worked in the movie Last Night (2010), in which they played a married couple with troubled relationship.

Josh Brolin and John Hawkes previously worked together in the crime biopic American Gangster (2007), based on the real life story of Frank Lucas, a heroin kingpin from Manhattan.

The film has five Oscar nominated actors - Jake Gyllenhaal, John Hawkes, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson and Josh Brolin.

Jason Clarke and Elizabeth Debicki previously worked together in Leonardo DiCaprio starrer The Great Gatsby (2013).

The screenplay of the film is based on various books about the 1996 Everest disaster, interviews with survivors, as well as Jon Krakauer's (Michael Kelly) "Into Thin Air".

On April 18, 2014, while the second unit crew was shooting remaining scenes of the film at Camp II on Everest, an avalanche struck, killing 16 Sherpa guides. The Sherpas were carrying equipment and supplies to camps for climbers in advance of the start of the summer climbing season. The calamity however caused no injuries or fatalities to the film crew, as the film unit was in a nearby location but not exactly where the disaster took place.

The film uses the song "Yeh ladka hai Allah" from Bollywood movie Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), when the climbers first arrive in Nepal. The song plays in the bus when it passes through a busy Nepali bazaar.
Jason Clarke Rob Hall, a New Zealander expedition group leader
Jake Gyllenhaal Scott Fischer, an expedition group leader
Josh Brolin Beck Weathers, a doctor
John Hawkes Doug Hansen, a mailman
Sam Worthington Guy Cotter
Robin Wright Peach Weathers, Beck Weathers's wife
Michael Kelly Jon Krakauer, a journalist
Keira Knightley Jan Arnold, Rob Hall's pregnant wife
Emily Watson Helen Wilton
Thomas M Wright Michael Groom, an Australian mountain climber
Martin Henderson Andy 'Harold' Harris
Elizabeth Debicki Caroline Mackenzie
Naoko Mori Yasuko Namba
Clive Standen Ed Viesturs
Vanessa Kirby Sandy Hill Pittman
Tom Goodman-Hill Neal Beidleman
Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson Anatoli Boukreev
Charlotte Bøving Lene Gammelgaard, a successful Danish climber in Fischer's group
Micah Hauptman David Breashears, a documentary filmmaker and mountaineer
Chris Reilly Klev Schoening
Chike Chan Makalu Gau
Vijay Lama Lt Colonel Madan KC, Nepal Army rescue helicopter pilot
Mark Derwin Lou Kasischke
Mia Goth Meg Weathers, Beck Weathers's daughter
Ang Phula Sherpa Ang Dorjee
Pemba Sherpa Lopsang
Amy Shindler Charlotte Fox
Simon Harrison Tim Madsen
Tim Dantay John Taske
Todd Boyce Frank Fischbeck
Justin Salinger Ian Woodall
Stormur Jón Kormákur Baltasarsson Bub Weathers
Demetri Goritsas Stuart Hutchison
Nancy Baldwin Janie
Lucy Newman-Williams Linda
Avin Shah Co-Pilot
Susan Baskerville Jan's Mother
Harka Gurung Sherpa
Yoon C Joyce Dawa - Sherpa
Kumud Pant Taiwan Sherpa
Aaron Sequerah Airline Captain
George Taylor David Schensted
Robert-Anthony Artlett Airport Passerby
David Broughton Airport Passerby
Simeon Lumgair Airport Passerby
Joanne Manchester Airport Passerby
Sonia Mason Airport Passerby
Noah Segura Airport Passerby
Bharat Mistri Airline Passenger
Minouche Kaftel Airline Passenger
Marco Flammer Airline Passenger
Sternkiker François Airline Passenger
Paul Blackwell Airline Passenger
Director Baltasar Kormákur
Producer Nicky Kentish Barnes
Tim Bevan
Liza Chasin
Eric Fellner
Evan Hayes
Brian Oliver
Tyler Thompson
Executive Producer Brandt Andersen
Randall Emmett
George Furla
Mark Mallouk
Peter Mallouk
Lauren Selig
Thomas Tull
Writer William Nicholson(screenplay)
Simon Beaufoy(screenplay)
Music Composer Dario Marianelli
Cinematographer Salvatore Totino
Action Director Jamie Edgell
Film Editor Mick Audsley
Casting Director Fiona Weir
Production Designer Gary Freeman
Art Director Alessandro Santucci
Tom Still
Costume Designer Guy Speranza
Production Companies Working Title Films
RVK Studios
Walden Media
Universal Pictures
Free State Pictures
Cross Creek Pictures
Distributor Universal Pictures
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The Telegraph|Review by Robbie Collin
This imposing true-life survival thriller, about the catastrophic blizzard that claimed the lives of eight climbers and guides on the world’s mightiest peak in 1996, is unstinting in its efforts to make you feel as if you’re really there, scrabbling for safety, when disaster blows in on the wind.
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The Guardian|Review by Peter Bradshaw
It’s a disaster movie that isn’t a total success. Everest is an oddly subdued drama with plenty of ice, snow, beards, mountains, men shouting desperate instructions at each other through their snowy beards, above the deafening high winds.
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RogerEbert.com|Review by Glenn Kenny
“Never Let Go” is the tagline on posters for this movie, based on the true story of an exceedingly ill-fated trek up the title mountain in 1996. “What The Hell “Never Let Go” is the tagline on posters for this movie, based on the true story of an exceedingly ill-fated trek up the title mountain in 1996. “What The Hell Are You All Doing Up There In The First Place?” might be a more apropos.
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TimeOut.com|Review by Dave Calhoun
Baltasar Kormákur’s disaster movie is a physical experience that will leave you breathless - and possibly suffering vertigo
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Variety.com|Review by Justin Chang
Although hardly a peak achievement, Baltasar Kormakur's Himalayan epic is a properly grueling, strikingly unsentimental chronicle of the 1996 Mount Everest tragedy.
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FlickFilosopher.com|Review by MaryAnn Johanson
This is the kind of movie movies were invented for: big, visceral, and intense, a heart-stopping adventure that has you catching your breath and gasping in shock as it takes you places most of us will never get to so as to engage in the sort of life-threatening thrills that, paradoxically, remind us that we are alive.
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Express.co.uk|Review by Henry Fitzherbert
Directed with you-are-there verisimilitude by Baltasar Kormakur (2 Guns) this is, on one level, a suspenseful and superbly made picture that you will be grateful to watch from the warm comfort of a cinema seat.
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Examiner.com|Review by Travis Hopson
Things aren't quite so rosy in "Everest", though; a film of literally high adventure, superhuman exploits, and devastating loss. In depicting the sheer danger of the moment, the awe-inspiring majesty of the mountain itself, the film is beyond reproach, but its characterization of the men and women who risked all is slippery as Everest's icy face.
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