release year:1998 genre:documentary viewing setting:IMAX theater, 8/9/98 what I expected:cool footage what I got:reminders why I don't climb mountains
synopsis:This is a documentary of a recent attempt to attain the summit of the world's highest mountain.
impressions:These people are crazy. That's all I can say. I appreciate their bravery and drive, but given the high failure and death rate on this particular mountain, I would never attempt it myself. Anyway...this film had many awesome IMAX shots of the mountain and surrounding areas, and it also did a good job of getting into the climbers' heads. Every detail of the climb was shown, from the training to the setting-up of base camp to the fording of bottomless crevasses to the nearly-vertical ice-climbs at the top. Wow.
acting:N/A...this was real life.
final word:Worthwhile entertainment, especially for adventure fans.
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