"Everest" takes you to the top of the
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 from the States who's looking for a cheap
honeymoon with fiancée Paula.
Introducing the players serves as a tasty preface
to the mountain. Part of that prologue includes
gorgeous temples in Kathmandu, climbers hanging from
the rocky Pacific coast, and mountain bikers racing
across the pastel orange, gloriously magnificent,
Arches National park in Utah.
Our three core members and team start out on a
fantastic journey; like characters in a fairy tale,
you'll be drawn in with them. But up on the shoulders
of Everest, the drama isn't scripted, storms freeze
limbs, people die. This expedition isn't immune.
Several members of a concurrent team lose their lives
and one inspirational survivor gives his hands to the
mountain. A daring helicopter rescue of this
frostbitten survivor will choke you 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.
I'm an explorer myself, but take my advice, if you
have any aspirations of seeing Everest - do it in a
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