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Reviews » Blu-ray Reviews » Everest 3D (Blu-ray)
Everest 3D (Blu-ray)
Universal // PG-13 // January 19, 2016 // Region A
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Review by DVD Savant | posted January 12, 2016 | E-mail the Author
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Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

I've heard no Oscar buzz surrounding Baltasar Kormákur's Everest, which makes sense. It isn't the kind of movie that courts awards, but it's one of the better movies I saw in 2015. Adventure pictures about climbing mountains are typically rife with clichés or serve as a background for other genres - usually spy pictures (the Eastwood Eiger movie) or preposterous action nonsense (a Stallone movie that I don't even want to remember the title of). The old German classics are almost fantasies, making spiritual statements through weird visuals, while the good vintage climbing movie Ted Tetzlaff's The White Tower is a moral tract committed to repressing the undefeated Nazi threat.

Everest is about something that happened, nothing more. It gives us a raw account of a disastrous 1996 climb of the highest mountain on Earth that left a number of people dead including professional guides. The filmmakers opted for realism, and made the refreshing choice not to burden their story with external themes or morals. We get plenty of opportunity to decide for ourselves what went wrong or who is responsible for the disaster. Before the ascent, the climbers do a round robin with the big 'why climb?' question. Everybody is motivated for different reasons and it is easy to say that the desire to achieve in this way is frivolous or irresponsible. But why do we do anything in life?

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