On Saturday 26 Sept 2015, I went to watch the movie Everest. After watching the movie’s trailer, I wanted to watch the 3D version of it instead of its normal digital version. Not all movies are worth watching on 3D or IMAX. Some are picturised using the special 3D and IMAX cameras and some are made the normal way and then they are separated into layers in the editing and special effects room to give the depth of the 3D and the grandeur feeling of IMAX. I wore my 3D glasses and waited eagerly for the movie to begin. My intuition did not fail me. From the opening scene, my eyes were glued to the screen.
Based on the true story of the 1996 Everest expedition disaster, this movie showed the preparations made and precautions undertaken before attempting to climb the Everest and the emotional drama between the expedition consultants and their individual lives. It also highlighted the reasons each climber had to attempt to reach the peak of the Everest. Who succeeded on the climb, who failed, who returned to Base Camp 1 and who did not, and the emotions surrounding support team at the base camp and loved ones were what the movie was in a nutshell.
The movie was written by William Nicholson and Simon Beaufoy and directed by Baltsae Kormákur (of Contraband and The Deep fame). The main casts comprising of Jason Clark, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Keira Nightly, Emily Watson, Sam Worthington and Jake Gyllenhall, and the other supporting casts did their parts well. For me, the main hero of the movie was its Cinematographer Salvatore Totino. He captured the main essence of the expedition – the Everest, the dizzying heights and surrounding mountain ranges, the weather changes, the blizzard, the exhilaration, the struggles, the achievement, the unexpected and more. Awesome it was in 3D. Totino brought us closer to all these. He made us touch the peak of the Everest too.
This is one movie that you have to watch on big screen in 3D or IMAX 3D and it is well worth every cent of the ticket price.
I enjoyed the movie and its emotional drama from start to end. Do catch it if you can.
KRN Movie Rating: 4.3/5 stars.