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Vertical Limit (2000)

A climber must rescue his sister on top of K2, one of the world's biggest mountains.

Director:

Martin Campbell

Writers:

Robert King (story), Robert King (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris O'Donnell ... Peter Garrett
Robin Tunney ... Annie Garrett
Stuart Wilson ... Royce Garrett
Augie Davis ... Aziz
Temuera Morrison ... Major Rasul
Roshan Seth ... Colonel Amir Salim
Alejandro Valdes-Rochin Alejandro Valdes-Rochin ... Sergeant Asim
Nicholas Lea ... Tom McLaren
Rod Brown Rod Brown ... Ali Hasan
Scott Glenn ... Montgomery Wick
Steve Le Marquand ... Cyril Bench
Ben Mendelsohn ... Malcolm Bench
Izabella Scorupco ... Monique Aubertine
Bill Paxton ... Elliot Vaughn
Ed Viesturs Ed Viesturs ... Himself
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Storyline

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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English | Urdu

Release Date:

8 December 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Límite vertical See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,507,845, 10 December 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$69,243,859

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$215,663,859
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The three helicopter seen in this movie are: 1. Army helicopter is a Bell UH-1 Twin Huey (2 engines). Maximum service ceiling 17,300 feet. The two Majestic helicopters are 1. Eurocopter EC145 (now known as the Airbus H145). Maximum service ceiling 17,200 feet and 2. Eurocopter EC135 (now known as the Airbus H135). Maximum service ceiling 20,000 feet. The EC135 would have been better suited for the rescue mission. See more »

Goofs

In the radio conversation between Peter Garrett and his sister Annie, their voices can be heard clearly with no static interference on the opposite ends of the radio. Also, they never release the talk button on their radios; the type of radios they are using do not allow this type of conversation. See more »

Quotes

Major Rasul: You should try the tea, indian of course. We maybe at war with them but theres no sense in over-reacting, their tea's the best.
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Connections

Featured in HBO First Look: Surviving 'Vertical Limit' (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Patient Heart
Written by Annie Roboff, Bekka Bramlett and Billy Burnette
Performed by Bekka & Billy
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Into Thin Air
4 September 2005 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

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.


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