Living and Dying on Everest

"Excellent"

Living and Dying on Everest Review


Most mountaineering movies show nothing but the glamour: Rugged men and impossibly fit women train, hire a couple Sherpas, then head for the top of Mt. Everest, smiling all the way. Sure, they huff and puff a little, but in the end, it's man proving triumphant over nature -- as if there was any doubt. The IMAX Everest, while gorgeous and breathtaking, fits the mold perfectly.

David Bolling's ascent to the top of the world is cut from something different. He's there to document the cleanup of the mountain, littered with trash and spent oxygen canisters from 50 years of tourists-cum-mountain climbers. He's also there to show us how truly dangerous the mountain is: for every six people who try to make the summit, one dies. He tells us more than we've ever known before about Sherpa culture, what they eat at base camp, how clothes are washed, how the toilet works, and so on.

All the while, Bolling tells us that he, along with everyone at the 17,000 foot camp, is dying. The wasting effects of high altitude are laid bare, and we get to see a little bit of the mindset of the person who would put themselves at such risk. I watched this movie in bed one night (it's only 50 minutes long), and I felt genuinely cold and sort of nauseous, just watching it.

If you're interested in Everest but don't feel you're getting the whole story, Living and Dying on Everest is a rare and important film. Definitely worth checking out.



Facts and Figures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Cast & Crew

Director:

Also starring:

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

Contactmusic 2017 Exclusive

New Movies

Hidden Figures Movie Review

Hidden Figures Movie Review

This film recounts such a great true story that we don't mind the fact that...

The Founder Movie Review

The Founder Movie Review

This is the story of Ray Kroc, the man who created the concept of McDonald's....

John Wick: Chapter 2 Movie Review

John Wick: Chapter 2 Movie Review

Keanu Reeves picks up his supremely efficient hitman immediately where the 2015 original left him:...

Fences Movie Review

Fences Movie Review

After winning Tony Awards on Broadway, Denzel Washington and Viola Davis reteam for a film...

The Lego Batman Movie Movie Review

The Lego Batman Movie Movie Review

A spin-off from 2014's awesome The Lego Movie, this raucously paced action-comedy is proof that...

The Space Between Us Movie Review

The Space Between Us Movie Review

While the premise of this movie makes it look like a sci-fi adventure, the truth...

Toni Erdmann Movie Review

Toni Erdmann Movie Review

On paper, the idea of a two-hour 40-minute German comedy may not seem very promising,...

Advertisement
Gold Movie Review

Gold Movie Review

Based on a true story, this lively and sometimes outrageous adventure is packed with twists...

Loving Movie Review

Loving Movie Review

While this film tackles a huge issue in the history of race relations in America,...

T2 Trainspotting Movie Review

T2 Trainspotting Movie Review

It's been 20 years since we last saw four freewheeling young junkies from Edinburgh spiral...

Hacksaw Ridge Movie Review

Hacksaw Ridge Movie Review

Based on an astounding true story, this battlefield drama mixes warm emotion with intense action...

Sing Movie Review

Sing Movie Review

The quality of the animation in this musical comedy may not be up to Pixar...

Jackie Movie Review

Jackie Movie Review

Rather than make a standard biopic about the most famous First Lady in American history,...

Split Movie Review

Split Movie Review

After a few badly received sci-fi blockbusters, M. Night Shyamalan returned to his earthier style...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.