For decades, movies have proven that there is universal appeal in watching the characters onscreen battle the forces of nature. Take the recent box office success of earthquake thriller San Andreas, for example.
In Everest, an ensemble cast of leading men (including, Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal and John Hawkes) embark on a daunting expedition to the top of the eponymous mountain, the highest in the world. The film - which is based on a true story - follows them up the mountain as well as their dangerous mission home after a devastating snowstorm hits.
We've already had a brief glimpse of a shot from the film featuring a bearded Clark, but now (courtesy of Universal Pictures we have our first full-length trailer (see above). A situation as extreme as that depicted in the movie is inherently loaded with harrowing drama, and it looks like director Baltasar Kormákur (2 Guns) - drawing from a screenplay by Oscar-winning scribe Simon Beaufoy (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and Oscar-Nominated scribe William Nicholson (Les Misérables, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) - is set on capturing both the danger and the beauty the men encounter on their adventure.
On that note - check out the poster for Everest, which lists the movie's impressive main cast in full (including the supporting players like Keira Knightley, Emily Watson, and House of Card's Robin Wright);
From a cinematic perspective, Everest does look like it has an awful lot more in common with 2000 George Clooney vehicle The Perfect Storm - which similarly featured a bunch of men trapped in a dangerous storm, albeit in the middle of the ocean - rather than popcorn disaster films like The Day After Tomorrow (which also starred Gyllenhaal) and the aforementioned San Andreas. There's a real gravitas to the story at hand in Everest, made all the more compelling by the fact that its events are inspired by real-life people.
That being said, it would be incredibly easy for Everest to slip into cliché, considering how many films use the "based on a true story" crutch to justify its storytelling flaws. However, with a gifted cast of performers at the top of their game (Clarke in particular has seen his career recently with major roles in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the forthcoming Terminator: Genisys), perhaps Everest can deliver a memorable experience for moviegoers, despite the familiarity of its premise.
Everest opens in U.S. theaters on September 18th, 2015.
Source: Universal Pictures