Everest review – Jake Gyllenhaal treks up to the summit and back without much of a view

Sep 18th 2015 10:23pm

Everest review – Jake Gyllenhaal treks up to the summit and back without much of a view

Here is a subdued true-life drama about a calamitous attempt to climb Mount Everest in 1996. It’s a film with loads of ice, snow, beards, mountains, beards and men shouting desperate instructions at each other through their snowy beards. The tremulous womenfolk are pining and whining on the end of a radio receiver or telephone, while the heroic guys battle the elements. Jake Gyllenhaal has a role that turns out to be bafflingly peripheral. The dramatic focus is split between around half a dozen characters, and it’s not clear who we should root for or why. Jason Clarke plays Rob Hall, one of the new breed of guides who have made climbing Everest a commercialised big business: there is a virtual traffic jam of well-off middle-aged guys being conducted up to the peak. His followers include part-time 


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