Mountain climbing

Everest (2015)

Based on the true story of an ill-fated 1996 climbing expedition on the titular mountain – during which a violent storm blew in and took the lives of eight climbers – director Baltasar Kormákur’s visually stunning drama is equal parts disaster movie and (non-)survival tale. Jason Clarke stars as guide Rob Hall, whose adventure-tourism company …

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The Wildest Dream

There is something about man (and woman) against the elements that speaks to the adventurer in all of us, even if armchair adventure is all we can handle. I’m more than happy to leave such deadly hobbies to the ones that simply can’t NOT pursue their wildest dreams. IMAX is made for mountain climbing movies, …

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North Face (Nordwand)

North Face promises—and delivers—all the token movie-poster exclamations: Romance! Adventure! Danger! Death! And, yes, even Nazis! Based a true story, North Face tells the tale of two Germans and two Austrians who attempt to scale the Eiger North Face in the Alps in 1936. The North Face, one of the last unconquered feats in the …

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Touching the Void

You know, I don’t want to say, “It serves them right,” but there is something about extreme mountain climbing where when something horrible happens, I just want to say, “Well, c’mon, are you surprised???” There is a reason that humans don’t thrive at altitudes above, say, 20,000 feet. We just aren’t supposed to be there! …

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