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Vertical Limit (2000)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  8 December 2000 (USA)
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A climber must rescue his sister on top of K2, one of the world's biggest mountains.

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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

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The Mountain Will Decide. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for intense life/death situations and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

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$15,507,845 (USA) (8 December 2000)

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ESP 1,114,069,706 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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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 »

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Malcolm Bench: You're all the bloody same, aren't you? Born-agains say I don't believe in Jesus, so I'll go to hell. Jews say I do believe in Jesus, I'll go to Hell. Catholics say I don't believe in the pope, I'll go to Hell. So any way you look at it, I'm in the shit.
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Exciting and well-made action adventure film.
5 September 2006 | by (Atlanta, Georgia) – See all my reviews

I'm surprised by all the hostility shown toward this movie on IMDb. Had I read the reviews here, I would have skipped this well-made and entertaining film. For one thing, it was a pleasure to see an action movie that didn't involve guns and shooting - enough of that nonsense. Instead, this film is full of spectacular scenery, good looking actors and actresses, and some unexpected insights into issues of morality, judgment and sacrifice. As far as the accuracy about details of climbing, I couldn't care less. This is not a how-to movie. And as for the wisdom of transporting nitroglycerin across dangerous terrain, check out Henri-Georges Clouzot's masterpiece, "The Wages of Fear" or its excellent remake by William Friedkin, "Sorcerer." Neither one of these great films was hampered by such a questionable premise. I highly recommend "Vertical Limit" for exciting escapism.


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