Film Review – EVEREST (2015)

Everest (2015; USA/UK/Iceland; Colour; 121m) ∗∗∗½  d. Baltasar Kormákur; w. Lem Dobbs, Justin Isbell, William Nicholson; ph. Salvatore Totino; m. Dario Marianelli.  Cast: Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, Elizabeth Debicki, Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Robin Wright, Emily Watson, John Hawkes, Clive Standen, Michael Kelly, Martin Henderson, Vanessa Kirby, Thomas Goodman-Hill, Mia Goth. A group of expeditionaries attempt to climb Mount Everest. Based on a true story this is a Hollywood-ised treatment that nevertheless is an engaging experience due to some breath-taking photography and strong performances. The set-pieces sometimes lack the thrills one would expect, but this is a more a tale of endurance and will. Clarke and Brolin are excellent, whilst Gyllenhaal is also memorable in a hippy-style turn. Also shot in 3-D. [12]