Mr. Movie

Actors excel in ‘Everest’

Gary Wolcott

Mr. Movie

This photo provided by Universal Pictures shows, Jason Clarke as Rob Hall, who leads the expedition in the film Everest.
This photo provided by Universal Pictures shows, Jason Clarke as Rob Hall, who leads the expedition in the film Everest. Associated Press

Everest puts some very good actors in snow, ice and real climbing conditions and in a bumbling — and Hollywoodized way — tells the story of what happened in May 1996, when eight people lost their lives when the worst blizzard in recorded history hit the mountain. They came from the teams led by commercial climb pioneers Rob Hall and Scott Fischer, who probably should have nixed the climb, or at the very least, made sure everybody left the mountain on time.

But the climbers paid as much as $65,000 each, and as businessmen, they did not want to disappoint.

Jason Clarke (Terminator Genisys), Jake Gyllenhaal, James Brolin, John Hawkes, Emily Watson, Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Robin Wright and Michael Kelly star. All give great performances.

The letdown for Everest comes from the storytelling of scriptwriters William Nicholson (Les Miserables, Gladiator) and Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire). It’s a big mountain, and the stories are complicated, but they could have done a much better job explaining what happened and who was where when all hell broke loose.

There is one positive. Director Baltazar Kormakur’s 3-D effects are incredible. Sometimes he has you believing you’re really on the mountain, and it’s probably as close as most of us are going to get to actually being there.

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Director: Baltazar Kormakur

Stars: Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal, James Brolin, art house favorite John Hawkes, Emily Watson, Kiera Knightley, Sam Worthington, Robin Wright and Michael Kelly

Mr. Movie rating: 3 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13 for mature themes, intense action sequences. It’s playing at Regal’s Columbia Center 8, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it’s your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.

2 stars to 1 star: Don’t bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.

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