Beck Weathers: Josh Brolin
Scott Fischer: Jake Gyllenhaal
Jon Krakauer: Michael Kelly
Doug Hansen: John Hawkes
Helen Wilton: Emily Watson
Jan Arnold: Keira Knightley
Guy Cotter: Sam Worthington
Peach Weathers: Robin Wright
Caroline Mackenzie: Elizabeth Debicki
Andy ‘Harold’ Harris: Martin Henderson
Michael Groom: Thomas M. Wright
Yasuko Namba: Naoko Mori
Universal Pictures presents a film directed by Baltasar Kormákur. Written by William Nicholson and Simon Beaufoy. Running time: 121 min. Rated PG-13 (for intense peril and disturbing images).
There is a scene in the new mountaineering movie “Everest” when journalist Jon Krakauer asks two amateur climbers who have hired a guide to take them to the summit of Mt. Everest why they feel the need to climb such a mountain, one that has taken the lives of many professional climbers. They struggle to articulate their need to pursue a goal that they admit is filled mostly with pain. I might also struggle to articulate my own fascination with mountain climbing disaster pictures. I suppose watching an expedition/adventure that is bound to go bad is connected to our inability to turn away when witnessing the aftermath of a car accident. Our human need to empathize and understand what went wrong overrides any need we might have to keep a rosy outlook on the world. We need to examine adversity and tragedy as a mechanism to develop our own ability to deal with the inevitable reality of it in our own lives.