For no amount of money in the world would I climb Mount Everest. But those few that do have within them a certain amount of bravery or madness that I simply don’t possess. The idea of watching the climb on the screen in IMAX format seems daunting enough, but with the cast amassed for this film it’s going to be impossible for me to turn away.
Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur assembles the talents of Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke, John Hawkes, Sam Worthington, Michael Kelly, Robin Wright, Emily Watson, and Keira Knightly to tell the tale of 1996 Everest disaster based on Jon Krakauer’s non-fiction book Into Thin Air. Krakauer’s book was required reading in 9th grade and it remains one of the most depressing narratives I’ve read. It emotionally ruined me for summer vacation, so I imagine seeing it in live-action will be a draining experience. Shot partly in Italy and at the Everest Base Camp in Nepal, it seems Kormákur went all out to make the film as accurate as possible. With the global interest, star power, and heart string tugging story, there’s a good chance that film might be an early Golden Globes contender.
Universal Pictures will release Everest on September 18th.