You can’t think of Mt Everest without thinking about New Zealand, or at the very least Sir Edmund Hillary, for those who aren’t aware that he was a kiwi. So when a film comes out about Everest, you’re pretty sure that he’ll be mentioned at least once, even if it was just for the Hillary Step that was named after him and sits just below the mountains peak. What I didn’t know though, was that this film was about a few other kiwis, though set decades after Hillary’s 1950’s climb.
Seeing kiwis played on screen is still a nice little boost to the ego when you’re talking about films that will play on the big screen all-around the world, and I may always have that sense of pride when this happens. Having said that though, when the 3 male and 3 female kiwi characters are played by 3 Aussies, 2 Brits, and only 1 kiwi, you can’t help have that feeling of pride slightly dented, even if their kiwi accents were pretty good!
The film itself was exactly what you would expect from a mountaineering film, with mountain jargon, international politics, and the realities of climbing the world’s tallest mountain. To be honest I actually learned a lot as well, as even though I knew it was one heck of a mission to get up there, it was still amazing to see just how hard that altitude damaged the human body. Good acting, directing, and writing, was only from time to time muddled with a few scenes that felt a little unneeded, and only used to ramp up tension, but all up it delivered on what it set out to do.
8.5 out of 10 from me!!!