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Climbing “Everest”

More and more, I ask myself if I can actually even attend these “movies”. In 2013, I was a little nervous before seeing “Gravity”. IMAX 3D, enhancing the sensation of me twirling through outer space with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney–could I handle it? I ended up adjusting quickly to that eventual Oscar-winner, but theater events of this type are starting to arrive at a more frequent pace–and they appear to be getting scarier. Take the upcoming “Everest”, from director Baltasar Kormakur. Do I really want to feel like I’m climbing to the top of the highest mountain in the world, before being plunged into a recreation of the infamous 1996 Mount Everest disaster that killed eight people? Well, yes and no. In fact, I’ll be hesitant to purchase that 3D IMAX thrill ticket…but I just may have to try it. Hey, it’s probably the closest I’ll ever come to ascending that mountain, people. And, like it or not, 3D and IMAX have officially transformed the movie-going experience. Like the immersive stage performances that have taken hold the last few years (see “Sleep No More” reviewed, elsewhere on this site), bigger, and “comin’ at ya” film experiences appear to be here to stay. Can we continue to stomach being part of the adventure? “Everest” arrives Friday, sporting an all-star cast that includes Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Keira Knightley, and Emily Watson.   

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6 comments on “Climbing “Everest”

  1. I’ve been getting more and more keen to see this as the days draw closer to its release Mark, here’s hoping it’s a gooden!
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  2. What a stellar cast, Gyllenhaal is nearly unrecognizable.

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