A vulcanologist arrives at a countryside named Dante's Peak after a long dormant volcano, which has recently been named the second most desirable place to live in America, and discovers that Dante's Peak, may wake up at any moment.
Jamie Renée Smith
James Bond descends into mystery as he tries to stop a mysterious organization from eliminating a country's most valuable resource. All the while, he still tries to seek revenge over the death of his love.
A high-adrenaline tale of young climber Peter Garrett, who must launch a treacherous and extraordinary rescue effort up K2, the world's second highest peak. Confronting both his own limitations and the awesome power of nature's uncontrollable elements, Peter risks his life to save his sister, Annie, and her summit team in a race against time. The team is trapped in an icy grave at 26,000 feet - a death zone above the vertical limit of endurance where the human body cannot survive for long. Every second counts as Peter enlists the help of a crew of fellow climbers, including eccentric, reclusive mountain man Montgomery Wick, to ascend the chilling might of the world's most feared peak to save her. Written by
Sujit R. Varma
Ben Daniels was offered a role but turned it down. See more »
The depiction of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) is grossly innacurate. HAPE is usually a result of altitude sickness and can most commonly be prevented (or at least have a measure of prevention provided) by slow acclimatization to the higher altitude. It is not a guaranteed condition to every climber at a high altitude. Moreover, the consumption of water has little bearing on the onset of HAPE. And even if drinking water was a cause of HAPE, it is never made clear why the trapped climbers must melt the snow first, instead of just chewing it, or letting it melt in their mouths. Additionally, given Annie's and Tom's high-degree of experience, and previous statements regarding their proposed high level of safety, they would most certainly have insisted on climbing K2 with the aid of oxygen, the use of which also staves off HAPE. See more »
Montgomery Wick. My dad told me about how Wick speed-summited in 24.
We're not Montgomery Wick. Even if we were, how long does that leave to get through the rock and ice? We don't even know their exact location. How long is that gonna take?
I won't let Annie die.
So what are we gonna do?
See more »
In this high-octane action film, three climbers make stupid decisions at 26,000 feet, en route to the summit of K2, the world's second highest mountain. The climber's peril thus necessitates a rescue, which puts additional people on the mountain and at risk of dying. That's it. The story is thus fairly thin, but the filmmakers insert all kinds of natural and human obstacles, conflict, and difficulties to rev up the action and excitement.
The film's CGI creates compelling tension. We have the illusion of vertical scale, or perspective, which translates into a needed sense of vertigo. The sensation that the characters could, at any moment, fall to their deaths is the film's strength.
The mountain scenery is also nice, although it is sometimes wasted, because of the film's fast pace. Cinematography is quite good. And some of the scene transitions make the film flow really well.
Dialogue seems flat to me. Production design and costumes are adequate. Acting is largely irrelevant.
By far, the biggest flaw is the unrealistic amount of action. In the plot, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, from bad weather to avalanches to exploding nitro to human conflict and discord. It's all a bit much. But, that seems to be a problem inherent to outdoor action films. Directors cram in too much chaos.
Another minus is the background music, which is irritatingly nondescript. For a film set mostly in Asia, I could have wished for more indigenous music which, when combined with the majesty of the mountains, could have added emotional depth and a sense of mystery and awe.
"Vertical Limit" does have an emotional spine to its story, but that is secondary to the super action plot. Viewers who expect well thought out characters, meticulous plotting, or a subtle "theme" will need to look elsewhere. This film is strictly for people who like heavy-duty outdoor action.
26 of 35 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?