Man vs. Mountain
Review by Ross Anthony

Everest "Everest" takes you to the top of the world.

But first, you've got to meet your team. Among them: Jamling Tenzing Norgay from India who's seeking to "follow" his father's snowprints, Araceli Segarra from Spain who can't ignore her passion to climb, and Ed from the States who's looking for a cheap honeymoon with fiancée Paula.

Introducing the players serves as a tasty preface to the mountain. Part of that prologue includes gorgeous temples in Kathmandu, climbers hanging from the rocky Pacific coast, and mountain bikers racing across the pastel orange, gloriously magnificent, Arches National park in Utah.

Our three core members and team start out on a fantastic journey; like characters in a fairy tale, you'll be drawn in with them. But up on the shoulders of Everest, the drama isn't scripted, storms freeze limbs, people die. This expedition isn't immune. Several members of a concurrent team lose their lives and one inspirational survivor gives his hands to the mountain. A daring helicopter rescue of this frostbitten survivor will choke you up.

At 29,028 feet (and growing at a quarter inch per year), Everest hosts obstacle after obstacle. Walk with the climbers as they carry that big IMAX camera atop an aluminum ladder stretching across a crevice so deep locals claim, "If you fall, you will fall all the way to America." Duck when an avalanche rolls right over that camera. The timpani and brass accentuate the visuals nicely.

I'm an explorer myself, but take my advice, if you have any aspirations of seeing Everest - do it in a movie theater.

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  • Everest. Copyright © 1998.
  • Narrated by Liam Neeson.
  • Starring Ed Viesturs, Araceli Segarra, Jamling Tenzing Norgay, Sumiyo Tsuzuki, Paula Viesturs and the Sherpas.
  • Directed by David Breashears, Greg MacGillivray, Steve Judson.
  • Written by Steve Judson.
  • Music: George Harrison's songs included in arrangements by Steve Wood and Daniel May and Bill Boston.
  • Produced by Greg, Stephen, and Alec Lorimore at MacGillivray Freeman.


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