On the morning of May 10, 1996, climbers from two commercial expeditions start their final ascent toward the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. With little warning, a violent storm strikes the mountain, engulfing the adventurers in one of the fiercest blizzards ever encountered by man. Challenged by the harshest conditions imaginable, the teams must endure blistering winds and freezing temperatures in an epic battle to survive against nearly impossible odds.
The film portrays Jon Krakauer as a journalist just along for the story, which is true, but Jon was also a mountaineer his whole life with great success and always dreamed of climbing Everest as he says in his book Into Thin Air. See more »
An Indian political map includes the states of Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, and Chhattisgarh. Those states broke off from, respectively, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Madhya Pradesh in 2000. See more »
Can you just listen up? Guys? We got 2,000 feet, 600 vertical meters to Camp Four. It's roped all the way, so I know you can make it. Now, once we get to the yellow band we're gonna regroup, put on the masks, turn on the gas. Make sense?
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This Is How We Do It
Performed by Montell Jordan
Courtesy of Island Def Jam Music Group
Under licence from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
Words and music by Slick Rick (as Ricky M.L. Walters), Oji Pierce and Montell Jordan (as Montell Du'Sean Jordan)
Published by Universal / MCA Music Ltd., The Bicycle Music Company, Inc administered by Bucks Music Group Ltd., (c) 1995 Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp (BMI) and Oji Music (BMI) all rights on behalf of Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. and Oji Music administered by Warner/Chappell North America Ltd. See more »
Wish it were better
Like the real mountain, this movie is stunning to look at but a little painful to watch. I kept longing for the voice-over guy from The Deadliest Catch to chime in with some compelling back story about the characters or the situation, just to ramp up the tension a little. We don't get much time to get to know the characters; most of their lines are designed mainly to give us information rather than developing their individual personalities. We are left with archetypes: the Loudmouth Texan, the Humble Mailman, the Brash Adventurer, the Careful Tour Guide, the Taciturn Journalist. And then there's the annoying Keira Knightly, on hand with her squeaky mouse voice and her runny nose, to make sure everyone in the audience has a good cry.
I wish the movie had been more about Rob Hall--his hubris and his heroism is really the heart and soul of this story. But you can't have everything in two hours, can you?
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