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Reviews: Everest (2015)

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  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Rimane davvero solo il senso dello spettacolo, la magia circense del cinema, la bellezza della natura dei paesaggi. “The last word always belongs to the mountain” dice uno dei personaggi. Non è una novità.
  • José Arce @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Espeluznante historia de supervivencia y ahínco empresarial que no funciona por la flojera de Baltasar Kormákur a los mandos, principalmente, y por un guion que se pierde entre demasiados personajes tratando de enganchar al espectador.
  • David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: It’s a utilitarian adventure movie, delivering the edge-of-your-seat bang for your theater ticket buck while avoiding gilding the lily in a way that would be disrespectful to the dead. It’s a precarious path that Kormákur sets for himself but he succeeds to a respectable degree, especially once the film gets past some clumsy, Hollywoodized character development and the climbers leave base camp – some of them for good – and set off up Everest with the peak in their sights.
  • Francisco Cangiano @ CineXpress [Spanish]
  • Robert Cashill @ Popdose
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: If Kormákur’s goal was to replicate the chaos of that day, he’s succeeded…impresses more with its technical achievements than its storytelling.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The mountain … isn’t the antagonist of Everest. That role belongs to the human body and its inability to handle what the mountain has to offer.
  • John Gilpatrick @
    • Excerpt: Director Balthasar Kormakur shifts rather seamlessly between the intimate and the majestic, which makes Everest a compelling, equal-opportunity terror.
  • Hugo Gomes @ [Portuguese]
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Intensely atmospheric and arduous – with spectacular, vertigo-inducing cinematography…
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ [Ukrainian]
  • Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films
    • Excerpt: I walked away with a sense of healthy respect for both the living and the dead of Everest, and the mountain itself, which, however hazardous, still looms majestic in the mind, a place where dreams flow, for better and for worse.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: I am neither an experienced mountaineer nor was I present on the actual expedition. However I am a film critic, and I can ttest that Everest absolutely delivers thrilling entertainment.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: A spectacular, heart-stopping adventure that has you catching your breath and gasping in shock. See it in IMAX 3D for an enrapturing you-are-there feeling.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Everest is a sobering character story packed with bravery, horror, and humility – as well as thrilling tension.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Everest can be harrowing and palpably shuddersome when the biting cold and the treacherous mountain itself are putting the climbers through the wringer, but an incredible true story deserved a more incredible telling where the human element wasn’t left in the cold.
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Don Lewis @ Flick Nation
  • Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit
  • James Marsh @ TwitchFilm
    • Excerpt: Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur tackles his largest Hollywood project to-date, with this epically staged account of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, in which eight climbers perished on the Himalayan peak in a single day. Featuring a robust ensemble cast and thrilling set pieces, Everest largely avoids the he-said, she-said controversies raised by journalist Jon Krakauer’s first-person account, Into Thin Air, instead presenting a diplomatic and stirring tale of Man vs Nature at the top of the world.
  • Jason McKiernan @ film Racket
    • Excerpt: There is no “why” for these characters, and as such there is no “why” for the movie’s existence – outside of an onslaught of dizzying CG vistas which serve as the canvas on which an expansive cast of recognizable stars paint a portrait of human suffering.
  • Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: Despite it never truly getting under the skin of its multitude of characters and ultimately falling short of the dizzying heights that it was aiming for, there’s something undeniably compelling about Everest.
  • João Pinto @ [Portuguese]
  • Jason Pirodsky @
    • Excerpt: Despite the cast, at the end of the movie it’s the mountain that has (rightfully) made the biggest impression. Everest is imposing, awe-inspiring, and terrifying; it’s the stuff of nightmares and the most irrational of dreams.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: From the technical perspective ‘Everest’ is a most impressive achievement….Unhappily, from the emotional perspective it’s pretty much a slog.
  • [New – 11/13/15] | George Zervopoulos @ Movies Ltd. [Greek]
Updated: November 13, 2015 — 7:28 pm
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