There are two Fall 2015 movie releases that will use 3D/IMAX filmmaking techniques in order to better terrify moviegoers prone to getting vertigo – or, if you will, to bring their respective true story-inspired tales (of people ascending great heights in order to achieve the ‘impossible’) to visceral life on the big screen. There’s The Walk, from the Oscar-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, as well as Everest by director Baltasar Kormákur (2 Guns) and a pair of award-winning screenwriters.
Everest tells the tale of a mountaineering expedition that sets out to scale Mount Everest, only to wind up struggling to stay alive when a severe snowstorm hits the mountain. The movie was inspired by the similar real-life incident that happened at Everest in 1996, and Kormákur even shot a significant chunk of the film on location in Nepal, in order to make the film’s nature survival thrills feels all the more tangible.
Whereas the first Everest trailer highlights the film’s human story (more on that later), the second theatrical preview (see above) emphasizes Mount Everest’s dangerous conditions (constant threat of avalanches, slippery snow-covered slopes), even when there’s not a massive storm engulfing the mountain. The latest trailer also focuses on the movie’s tension-driven climbing sequences, which do indeed come off as all the more intimidating thanks to the on-location footage and scenery (with CGI enhancements like the big snowstorm, of course) and the cinematography by frequent Ron Howard collaborator, Salvator Totino (Angels & Demons, Frost/Nixon).
Kormákur’s previous directorial efforts have taken on the forms of B-movie thrillers that’ve aspired to be something more substantial, but generally fallen short of realizing their loftier ambitions (see also: Contraband). Everest is shaping up to become the filmmaker’s most technically sophisticated project to date, but it’s difficult to tell if the film’s human drama – scripted by Oscar-winner Simon Beaufoy (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and Oscar-nominee William Nicholson (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) – will amount to much more than basic melodrama to go with the mountain-climbing action sequences.
Fortunately, Everest boasts quite the impressive roster of acting talent, to help make sure the film’s dramatic elements are up to scratch. That cast includes Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Josh Brolin (Inherent Vice), and Jake Gyllenhaal (Southpaw), along with John Hawkes (Lincoln), Robin Wright (House of Cards), Keira Knightley (Anna Karenina), and Emily Watson (The Book Thief).
Everest opens in U.S. theaters on September 25th, 2015.
Source: Universal Pictures/United International Pictures Malaysia