Last week Universal Pictures dropped the trailer for an upcoming adventure movie called ‘Everest’ which follows the true story of the 1996 disaster which until recently was the deadliest ever seen on the world’s highest mountain.
Following a successful summit of Everest, two teams of climbers get caught in a horrific storm that triggered some of the most gripping tales of survival and sacrifice ever known on the mountain at the time.
The film blends the real life accounts of multiple climbers from over half a dozen published books to create a cohesive sequence of dramatic events.
Unfortunately since production began, what was previously Everest’s worst disaster has been surpassed by two even more deadly tragedies in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
Nonetheless, with an all-star cast including the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke, Sam Worthington and Kiera Knightley this film looks downright awesome.
After a relatively hush-hush filming schedule and a few production setbacks from a tragic avalanche in 2014, it finally hits our screens in mid-September.
So why is this any different to your standard clichéd disaster movie?
Because it’s unique. Everyone with ambition and adventure has dreamt of reaching the summit of Everest.
With such a narrow focus on characters and a stunning Himalayan backdrop, the emotions felt by these climbers are sure to pull at the heart strings and you’ll stare in awe of the dazzling cinematography before your eyes.
Though above all, it’s real. The untoward but harrowing truth behind these events will make it all the more engaging.
Based on the courage, sacrifice and valor of real men faced with indescribable odds, Everest looks to be a standout film.
Released in IMAX as well as standard cinemas on September 18, check out this trailer and also take note of the Oxfam appeal towards the end.
For once we see the entertainment industry not just thinking about money, but also the people of Nepal following the devastating earthquake in April – many of whom made both the events in the film, and the film itself, possible.