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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Extreme peril, exceptionally tense danger.
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Some strong language.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie is extremely tense, with characters in the direst peril imaginable. They use some very strong language, completely understandable in the circumstances. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Director Kevin Macdonald reaches his own summit with an electrifyingly thrilling movie that makes the mountain more than a setting, almost another character in the story. The sheerness of the slope, the friable "meringues" and "cornices" of snow, the sweep and sparkle of the ice -- the mountain's terrible beauty is alternately austere, majestic, implacable, ominous, and menacing.
Macdonald lets Simpson, Yates, and Richard Hawking, who was waiting for them at base camp, tell the story in understated British style, as two actor/climbers re-enact the story on the actual site. Incredibly, Yates and Simpson returned to the Andes for the filming and put on their gear and performed some of the re-enactments themselves. Their story is gripping and, in their perseverance and dedication, deeply moving. Simpson's first comment when he sees Yates is as heart-wrenching as any of his struggles. Their candid but matter-of-fact delivery is far more effective than any actor could muster.
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