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BMZ Review: Everest
By Ross Anthony


Man vs. Mountain
Written by: Ross Anthony
Source: Ross Anthony's Hollywood Report Card
Date: June 2001


Category: Reviews

"Everest" takes you to the top of the world.

But first, you've got to meet your team. Among them: Jamling Tenzing Norgay from India who's seeking to "follow" his father's snowprints, Araceli Segarra from Spain who can't ignore her passion to climb, and Ed Viesturs from the States who's "looking for a cheap honeymoon" with fiancee Paula.

These introductions to the players serve as a tasty preface to their journey up the mountain. Part of this prologue includes Araceli hanging over the Pacific from a rocky outcrop in Cabo San Lucas, and mountain bikers racing across the pastel orange, gloriously magnificent, Arches National park in Utah.  Then, there are the gorgeous temples in Kathmandu.

Our three core members and team start out on a fantastic journey, like characters in a fairy tale.  You’re drawn in with them. But up on the shoulders of Everest, the drama isn't scripted.  Storms freeze limbs, and people die. This expedition isn't immune. Several members of other concurrent teams lose their lives, and one inspirational survivor gives his hands to the mountain.  A daring helicopter rescue of this frostbitten survivor choked me up.

At 29,028 feet (and growing at a quarter inch per year), Everest hosts obstacle after obstacle. Walk with the climbers as they carry that big IMAX camera atop an aluminum ladder stretching across a crevice so deep locals claim, "If you fall, you will fall all the way to America." Duck when an avalanche rolls right over that camera. The timpani and brass accentuate the visuals nicely.

Eventually, you will get to enjoy the view at the top of the world – though by this time you may feel as short of breath as the film’s stars.

I'm an explorer myself, but take my advice, if you have any aspirations of seeing Everest - do it in a movie theater.

IMAX® is a registered trademark of IMAX Corporation.

Copyright (C) 2001. 
Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.  For more reviews visit:

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