Everest (2015)

logoDirector: Baltasar Kormakur

Writer: William Nicholson, Simon Beaufoy (Screenplay)

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Elizabeth Debicki, Keira Knightley, Robin Wright, Josh Brolin, Sam Worthington, Jason Clarke, Clive Standen, Emily Watson, Martin Henderson, Michael Kelly, John Hawkes, Michael Kelly

Plot: A climbing expedition on Mt. Everest is devastated by a severe snow storm.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Memorizing

Story: Everest starts by introducing us to Rob Hall (Clarke) a skilled climber with years of experience climbing Mount Everest. Rob is preparing for his latest expedition, we also meet Beck Weathers (Brolin), Doug Hansen (Hawkes) and Jon Krakauer (Kelly) all members of the latest expedition even with a rival climber Scott Fischer (Gyllenhaal) who has lost out on taking a journalist up the mountain.

We watch as Rob train the want to be climbers through their paces to prepare them for the climb of their life times. Realizing there are too many different expedition trying to reach the summit Rob tries to work out a plan to split climbs so they don’t end up having people waiting to climb the mountain.

Weather clear, teams prepared the time has come to climb Mount Everest with Rob and Scott leading the way, but getting to the top was the easy part it is getting back down during a sudden snow storm hits the team.

Everest is based on the true events of the 1996 incident which lead to the many death on Mount Everest. We follow these victims and survivors as they go up the mountain but have to fight unpredictable weather on their way back down, I think the film handles to subject brilliantly but I will say it struggles to give enough screen time to certain supporting characters. Saying this we do get to see how difficult the climb would be and we are left wondering what will happen (unless you know the real story) and who will make it down.

Actor Review

Jason Clarke: Rob Hall is the lead climber taking teams up Everest, he leads this latest expedition to the top of the highest point on Earth and while everything goes well on the way up to the summit it is the journey down which causes the problems as he needs to lead his team down through a sudden snow storm. Jason does a great job in this role continuing to impress in leading role over the recent years.rob

Jake Gyllenhaal: Scott Fischer is a rival lead climber who is on a mutual respect level with Rob, he works with Rob to make the increasing number of climbers climbing to the top of the mountain. He has a riskier style compared to Rob but he does understand the dangers all the same. Jake does a good job but I do feel like we needed more from his character.scott

John Hawkes: Doug Hansen is the man who has returned to the mountain after just missing out on the summit the year before, he works three jobs to make this dream a reality and will never give up on achieving this dream. John does a good job in this role because he looks like a guy who wouldn’t look like the made climber compared to the rest of the team.doug

Josh Brolin: Beck Weathers is the loud mouth American who see climbing the mountain as a rush, he struggles to deal with the rules because he expects to be getting a chance to climb the mountain not wait for time to do it, he does create a good bond with the rest of the climbers though. Josh does a good job in his role and brings something to the character that makes you not like him.beck

Sam Worthington: Guy Cotter is a fellow climber who helps make the mountain safer to climb, he works with Rob and is the one that guides him through the ascent from the top. Sam does a solid enough job in this supporting role but doesn’t get enough to do.

Support Cast: Everest has an even bigger supporting cast mostly filled with loved one of the men on the mountains along with the rest of the climbers who end up stuck on the mountain against the storm, they all help as we watch them desperately try to save their loved ones.

Director Review: Baltasar Kormakur Baltasar gives us a visually stunning looking film telling a tragic story of what happened on the mountain that fateful may.

Adventure: Everest shows what the perils of going on this ultimate adventure really are.

Thriller: Everest keeps you wondering what will happen to the characters from the start to the finish as you root for all of them.

Settings: Everest creates the settings perfectly to show how difficult it would be during the condition the climbers find themselves in.
Special Effects: Everest uses the effects to make each scene look realistic throughout.

Suggestion: Everest is one to watch because it will be one of the best visual treats of the year along with a story that shows how much people risked for that rush. (Watch)

Best Part: Visually brilliant.

Worst Part: I felt the supporting characters needed more screen time.

Believability: It is based on what really happened on Everest in 1996

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: Could get a few visual awards.

Runtime: 2 Hours 1 Minutes

Tagline: Never let go

Overall: One special film that tells such a brilliant and tragic story



The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

logoDirector: Francis Lawrence

Writer: Simon Beaufoy, Michael Arndt (Screenplay) Suzanne Collins (Novel)

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Edgar Wright


Plot: After surviving the 74th Hunger Games Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) and Peeta (Hutcherson) have to go on tour around all the districts. Winning the games has caused the first rumblings of a rebellion throughout the districts. President Snow (Sutherland) threatens to expose the truth about Katniss and Peeta if Katniss doesn’t convince him they are the real deal couple. After she defies Snow he calls for a Quarter Quell where he can hold an edition of the Hunger Games with all the districts previous victors face each other, putting friends against each other but joining together with other districts could be their only chance.


Verdict: The saga continues to roll on

Story: Picking up right where we left off following the victors around the other districts and seeing the different reaction to the winning this works well because this offers up the chance to see the revolution build up. While having the Hunger Games was a bit more of the same, with added content involved in them. This one’s strong point is that it is the builder to the final instalments where the final parts of this film will get fully explained. (8/10)


Actor Review: Jennifer Lawrence – Katniss the girl on fire who just wants her life back to normal but her standing up to authority has changed that for her. Jennifer gives a great performance which continues on from what she built up from the last one. (9/10)


Actor Review: Josh Hutcherson – Peeta, Katniss’ fan friendly partner in victory with whom we have to deal with the same watching him crush over Katniss while she only plays along for the camera. Josh does well with what he has to work with but never gets to show much of his abilities. (7/10)


Actor Review: Liam Hemsworth – Gale, Katniss’ boyfriend back in district 12 who has to help protect her family. Good performance in a small part which hopefully will become more important in the final parts. (7/10)


Actor Review: Woody Harrelson – Haymitch mentor to the tributes with a slight drinking problem, he knows how to play the crowd well but is also willing to let the tributes let their hair down. Woody really is the scene stealer here you just want to watch his character. (9/10)


Actor Review: Donald Sutherland – President Snow controls all the districts and if you don’t follow his rules you are wrong and he will make you pay with death. Good villainous role showing how power gets to characters heads. (8/10)


Actor Review: Philip Seymour Hoffman – Plutarch the new games runner who creates one of the best games in the history, has motives for creating his game. Good performance from the late actor who role will become much more important in the next chapter. (8/10)


Actor Review: Elizabeth Banks – Effie Trinket the wildly eccentric leader of district 12’s tributes who always has an outfit that will be centre of attention. Good performance in a smaller role but always knows when she is on the screen. (8/10)


Actor Review: Jena Malone – Johanna Mason another one of the tributes who sides with Katniss to create a team that will be a force for anybody. Jena character sure makes an entrance that you won’t forget in what is a good performance that again will be bigger in the next chapter. (8/10)


Actor Review: Sam Claflin – Finnick tribute who helps Katniss and protects her from the more deadly tributes. This is Sam’s best performance to date as I was wonder how he got roles before but this time he shines. (9/10)


Director Review: Francis Lawrence – Creates some great direction and I will be looking forward to see how he ends the saga. (8/10)


Action: With fewer fights that the first one we get some more intense scenes but not too many that stand out. (8/10)

Adventure: The middle part will always be hardest to put together and cut off at the right time the adventure is only half way through right now. (8/10)

Special Effects: Good special effects throughout. (8/10)

Believability: Not believable but good story. (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No(0/10)

Settings: The dark depressed districts are great setting to show how the world has turned out but it is the setting for the games that really shines. (9/10)

Suggestion: I think this could be the must watch trilogy of the recent films that have tried to make something for all. It has the elements of changing the world for the better but will have the twisted style to suit all. (Watch)


Best Part: Katniss wedding dress trick

Worst Part: I know it is only building but more explanation at the end would have been nice instead of having to wait for the next film.

Action Scene Of The Film: The start of the games

Kill Of The Film: A tributes sacrifice.

Trivia: Was highest grossing film in 2013 in North America, it was also the first film with a solo female lead to top the annual box office since The Exorcist.

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes two part conclusion to the saga

Similar Too: a tame Battle Royale


Overall: Action Saga Continues With Fine Form

Rating 88