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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), Robin Wright (Peach, Weather’s wife), Emily Watson
(Helen Wilton), Keira Knighley (Jan Arnold, Rob Hall’s pregnant wife), Sam
Worthington (Guy Cotter), Michael Kelly (Jon Krakauer, a journalist), Thomas
Wright (Michael Groom, an Australian mountain climber), Martin Henderson (Andy
Harris), Elizabeth Debicki (Dr. Caroline Mackenzie), Naoko Mori (Yasuko Namba),
Clive Standen (Ed Viesturs), Vanessa Kirby (sandy Hill), Tom Goodman-Hill (Neal
Beidleman), Ingvar Eggert Sigurosson (Anatoli Bourkreev), Charlotte Boving
(lene Gammelgaard, aDanish climber in Fischer’s group), Micah Hauptman (David
Breashears, a documentary filmmaker and maountaineer), Chris Reilly (Klev
Schoening), Chike Chan (Makalu Gau), Vijay Lama (Lt. Col. Madan KC, Nepal Army
rescue helicopter pilot), Mark Derwin (Lou Kasischke), Mia Goth (Meg, Weathers’
Baltsar Kormakur, Nicy Thompson, Brian Oliver
Cross Creek Pictures, Walden Media, Working Title Films, RVK Studios, Free
Kormakur, showcases the tragedy of 1996 Mount Everest Disaster. It was
on 10-11th May, 1996, when eight people (including a guide and two
expedition leaders) were caught in a blizzard (severe snowstorm with heavy
winds) and died on Mount Everest during their summit attempts. The data says
that over the entire season, 12 people died trying to reach the summit, making
this the deadliest day / year on Mount Everest until the 16 fatalities of the
2014 Mount Everest Avalanche and 18 deaths resulting from avalanches caused by
the April 2015 Nepal Earthquake. One will be heartbroken to see the
adventure and especially mountaineering. Two expedition groups led by Rob Hall
(Jason Clarke) and Scott Fischer (Jake Gyllenhaal) had set their target to
ascent the mountain and reach the summit on 10th May, 1996.
Climbers’ desire was to conquer the unconquered. Climbers, when inquired on why they want to climb, somebody expressed – “Because, It is there”. Someone else
said, she had conquered six summits, this would be her 7th Summit.
They had all the reasons behind their passion and drive to climb the highest
point on the earth. During their chit chats, one of the climber expressed it
very beautifully : “It is not the altitude, but the attitude matters”.
expedition groups, decided to join hands together, pool in resources, in case, crisis
happened. They lead their groups for the ascent, but fiery blizzards engulfed
their adventurous journey, posed a big challenge in front of them. It was very
difficult for the mountaineers to endure these harsh conditions, blistering
winds, freezing temperature, lack of sufficient oxygen cylinders etc. Lot of heartbreaking
scenes are there. It is so sad to see the passionate mountaineers with strong
drive for results fighting with the odd snow storm conditions till the end to
survive. Ultimately a few of them could not conquer the storm and gave up. It
is even more sad to understand that even the dead bodies could not be brought
to the base camp.
the snow-storm to the base camp where people handling the base camp are trying
to contact the climbers through radio, encouraging them to keep their hopes
alive and courage to survive. The scene, where Rob is made to talk to his
pregnant wife is absolutely heart-wrenching.
since, somebody has actually lived these moments of grief, sadness, death,
survival, triumphs etc. I just felt that I had lot of confusion to understand
each character on screen and recognize their face, due to darkness or faces
covered (which was indeed an integral part of the film). Probably, a little
background of each character in the beginning could have helped me to
understand the characters and their journey in a better manner.
angles of the mountains, capturing of the snow-storm, snow covering the bodies
of the climbers etc. These scenes will leave you awe-struck and at the same
time sad. Minute details are covered with great finesse.
but the attitude matters. Dedicated to great mountaineers who ascent the
mountains with great passion and drive.