These “transfer” reviews are from when I only did reviews on my Facebook page back in 2015. Bare in mind when reading these, I didn’t have the same formula in my review writing that I do now, and my usual “who starred and who directed” information is completely absent, so everything “italicized” is new. With that said, enjoy this review from 2015.
How many biopics are out right now? A grand total of six. BLACK MASS, CAPTIVE, PAWN SACRIFICE, STONEWALL, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, and this film, EVEREST. And people are complaining about the sheer amount of comic movies coming out? Anyway, I was actually impressed with the cast that was roped together for this flick. Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Kiera Knightley, Sam Worthington, Jake Gyllenhaal, my God, this was star-studded. Naturally, I was pretty curious. Bored after work, got myself a ticket to see what I thought of the flick.
Starring: Jason Clarke (CHAPPAQUIDDICK , TERMINATOR GENISYS , and upcoming films FIRST MAN  and SERENITY ), Josh Brolin (DEADPOOL 2 , ONLY THE BRAVE , HAIL, CAESAR , SICARIO , and upcoming films SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO  and Avengers 4 ), Jake Gyllenhaal (STRONGER , DEMOLITION , SOUTHPAW , and upcoming films WILDLIFE  and THE SISTERS BROTHERS ), Keira Knightley (PIRATES 5 , COLLATERAL BEAUTY , and upcoming films THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS  and THE AFTERMATH ), and John Hawkes (THREE BILLBOARDS , and upcoming films THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON  and END OF SENTENCE )
Support: Sam Worthington (THE SHACK  and HACKSAW RIDGE ), Robin Wright (JUSTICE LEAGUE , BLADE RUNNER 2049 , and WONDER WOMAN ), Emily Watson (ON CHESIL BEACH , KINGSMAN 2 , and the upcoming THE HAPPY PRINCE ), Elizabeth Debicki (PETER RABBIT , GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 , THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. , and upcoming films THE TALE  and WIDOWS ), and Mia Goth (A CURE FOR WELLNESS , and upcoming films SUSPIRIA  and HIGH LIFE )
Director: Baltasar Kormákur (the upcoming ADRIFT )
Writers: William Nicholson (BREATHE ) and Simon Beaufoy (BATTLE OF THE SEXES , and the upcoming THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS)
Composer: Dario Marianelli (PADDINGTON 2 , DARKEST HOUR , KUBO , and the upcoming BUMBLEBEE )
Cinematographer: Salvatore Totino (SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING , INFERNO , CONCUSSION , and the upcoming BIRD BOX )
Editor: Mick Audsley (MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS  and ALLIED )
This is my honest opinion of: EVEREST
Based on the real life event, in May of 1996, two expeditions set out to the summit of Mount Everest. But a massive storm hits the climbers who have not yet evaded danger and it’s a relentless fight for survival.
Oh my God, what an unbelievably gripping film.
I honestly can’t think of another film that was this relentless and brutal. I am honestly waiting to hear a complaint that it’s too relentless, and I want to be there to say, “you’re sitting on your ass watching something for two hours, these people were freezing in temperatures you’ve never experienced, and were literally dying. Not your valley bitch version of ‘dying.’ PEOPLE @#$%ING DIED, SHUT THE @#$% UP!!!” It probably helped that the auditorium I was in was freezing too, so it made this movie particularly engaging.
Normally I go into long raves or rants about the acting, but you know the cast, so you can imagine that it’s all top notch. Everything these people are going through feels painful. There isn’t even any real point where I’m thinking to myself, “why didn’t this person just do this or that.” No, it feels like every decision made is the best, sometimes even the most risky. So when their decisions pay off, it’s a serious breath of fresh air and relief, and when plans fail, it’s all the more heart-breaking.
I think that’s the greatest thing this movie does: investment. You may not know much about the characters themselves, but you feel their struggles, their pain, their loss, everything. And despite the cast, you don’t necessarily know who is going to make it out alive… that is, if you are not familiar with the real world occurrence, like me. This movie constantly keeps you on your toes and because all of the characters are so likable, you want to see them all get out okay.
If there is anything to complain about, and it’s probably a small one at best, the actors portraying these very real people don’t really look much like them. Gyllenhaal sports a thick beard in this movie, and yet the real Scott Fischer didn’t. I’m sure Gyllenhaal did it because, you know, cold weather and beards help with that, but still… I guess take it for what it’s worth. Criticize him for not portraying the real man faithfully, or shrug it off because it’s probably incredibly selfish to ask Gyllenhaal to put himself more at risk of sickness all for a movie. But hopefully his portrayal of the man is what was really faithful and if it was, then that’s what’s truly important.
Honestly, yeah, this movie is probably one of the best all year. An intense story of survival that has you on the edge of your seat and feeling all sorts of emotions throughout the film thanks to the efforts of some of the best actors around. Definitely one I recommend.
My honest rating for EVEREST: 5/5