Jon Krakauer’s horrifying true story is coming to the big screen to horrify us!


I’m fascinated and terrified by Mount Everest. People die there all the time so the mountain is just infested by those that couldn’t complete the journey, but it doesn’t stop people from wanting to prove their not one of those people. However when Jon Krakauer made his attempt in 1996, he lost 8 of his companions in a SINGLE day and that’s the story Everest – the latest film from Iceland director Baltaser Korákur – is telling, and telling with an all-star cast that includes Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson, Elizabeth Delbecki and Jake Gyllenhaal – who I guess everyone thought was his movie but he’s getting an “and” credit, so…

Anyway, check out the trailer:

For the most part, I’m digging this trailer. This is clearly an ensemble film in which loads of people are going to die (hopefully something akin to The Grey), so it’s hard to get a read on all these people and what their roles are just yet, but the film does show off some intense imagery of the mountain nailed just how equally wondrous and terrifying Everest is. I really like how quickly this trailer brushes over them getting up the mountain too. Assuming the film does the same, that means Everest isn’t about these people achieving their goal because they’ve already completed it when things start to go wrong, and that’s even scarier to me – the fact that it’s not about pushing through the pain and getting up the mountain, but getting down after they’re journey has left weak and vulnerable.

What do you guys make of this?