A film by Baltasar Kormákur
Cast: Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright, Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Robin Wright,Jason Clarke
Everest Is the highest mountain in the world and for some reasons everybody wants to climb it. One of every four climber dies every year. Based on a true story author Jon Krakauer’s book, “Into Thin Air” the film centers on multiple 1996 expeditions to scale Everest’s summit. Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) is the man who helped turn such expeditions into a profitable business, the thing is he has to go up every time with this group of people who has paid a small fortune and he has to get them safely down plus there is the brutality of mother’s nature to go with it. Og course there is Rob’s pregnant wife (Keira Knightley), left behind to worry while he takes on one more climb. the team as follows are: The 100% Texan Beck Weathers (played by 100%), every day man Doug Hansen (John Hawkes), who has tried to reach the summit twice and failed, Yasuko Namba (Naoko Mori), a woman who has reached 6 of the world’s 7 summits, Krakauer himself (Michael Kelly) the journalist to document the trip and if Rob’s people succeed in reaching the top they will get the cover of the magazine.
The thing is the the mountain the weather is unpredictable wit brutal conditions like extreme wind, and sown storm. And when the weather does not cooperate and they ran out of oxygen it is trouble at its best, now you are hoping for the best. I saw a documentary about it one time on those people who climb everest and some didn’t get back. The only thing about the film that Kormákur could put in is a bit more who those people were. Instead in concentrated on the tragedy which is fine. The performances of the actors were splendid with this all star cast. No happy ending here it is like the mention has spoken.