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
This film is a loose remake of The Wages of Fear (1953) and Sorcerer (1977). See more »
Nitroglycerine is not green in colour, in fact it's a heavy, colourless, oily liquid. It is sensitive in its liquid form, but when it freezes at 13°C or below, it becomes much more stable. However, when it unfreezes again, the unfreezing process makes it very unstable and it may well explode. The events in the film where the hut explodes and where Malcolm and Kareem are killed can both be explained by the nitro in the bottles unfreezing. See more »
[to Tom McLaren about Annie Garrett's order to dicontinue their climb]
I mean, did you really think she was gonna lift up her skirt and pull her panties down? Come on man, don't crap out on me now.
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When I saw this shortly after it came out on DVD, it got high marks just for the spectacular sound alone. It had some of the best rear-speaker sound I had ever heard. It was a showpiece for DVD players at the time.
The movie is interesting with it's main fault being a common one: overdone action at the end. Along the way, however, it has many almost jaw-dropping scenes and some spectacular mountain scenery which looks great on the sharp DVD transfer. The stunt work in here is also incredible. Martin Campbell, the same director who did The Mask Of Zorro and Goldeneye, is good at producing eye-popping action scenes.
The dialog at times is juvenile, but it could have been worse. The profanity was lower than expected, too. How accurate is it concerning mountain-climbing? Probably like most films: totally inaccurate, at least that's what a mountain- climbing expert told me, and I believe him.
All in all, however, a far better film than I expected.....strictly for the entertainment.
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