The gala is interrupted by reclusive Montgomery Wick Glenn , reportedly the world's best climber and K2 foremost expert, who asks if it will be Vaughn or the experienced McLaren who will be making the decisions during the climb, as the team cannot have two leaders. Or how about a professional climber who relies on good lungs that smokes. But, that seems to be a problem inherent to outdoor action films. Annie risks her life to reach Ali's body and backpack, and manages to obtain additional dex for both McLaren and herself, but Vaughn tells her that McLaren is unlikely to survive, and therefore, they should keep all the dex for themselves. Characters are in almost constant peril from the dangers of the mountain, filmed to create maximum tension. Monique, who survives because she was still under the cliff's edge, pulls herself up despite several broken fingers, and radios base camp that Cyril has been killed. I really have a hard time understanding why viewers want every movie they see to have a Tennessee Williams screenplay; a Steven Spielberg or Orson Welles director, and a cast headed by Meryl Streep or Jack Nicholson.
And while the plot was so trite and silly as to be laughable, you will find yourself absorbed by the sequence of events depicted and the suspense-filled and breathless pace at which events seem to transpire, crowding each other off the screen for the next sequence. Really, do you think a professional climber would leave his back pack where it could slide down the mountain? The climb turns out to be a disaster, as Vaughn forces McLaren to continue despite the radio warning from base camp director Skip Taylor of a storm approaching. Directors cram in too much chaos. The teams form, pairing experienced mountaineers with less experienced ones: Malcolm and Kareem, Cyril and Monique, and Wick and Peter. The stakes continue to rise as the climbers discover answers that reveal their own levels of morality and just how far they are willing to go to survive.
One of them, Scorupco, is an ex-Bond girl 'Goldeneye' the casting people obviously didn't realise she was going to be spending the entire movie wrapped up in Gore-Tex. Like The Perfect Storm, Vertical Limit makes a perfect match of computer generated effects and natural disasters. The empty dex box near his wife's suggests that Vaughn lied and stole her dex, thus ensuring his own survival while leaving her behind to die from pulmonary edema. There were also lackluster performances from the two female leads, Robin Tunney and Izabella Scorupco. Having climbed in the Andes, Tian Shan, St. Wick, played by Scott Glenn, accompanies Peter and Monique on their ascent due to personal stakes, as do several other climbers. Wick descends into the cave and harnesses Annie, and although the weakened Vaughn thinks he is about to attack him, Wick attaches a harness to him as well.
Peter has since retired from climbing and become a full-time wildlife photographer, and Annie has gone on to become a renowned mountain climber. It's all a bit much. Kareem and Malcolm do so, but, while resting after covering the cases, the leaked nitroglycerin is eventually exposed to sunlight and explodes, killing the two. If only two of the many, many catastrophes that happened in the movie happened in real life it would be like lightning striking you twice. Parents need to know that this movie has many frightening and emotionally disturbing scenes. Somehow, when it comes to fiction, the cliches take over, and this film, with some genuinely gorgeous camera-work and impressive stunts, is full of them.
During that climb, they were hit by a storm and got lost in the mountain. I went and saw it in the movie theatre. The story is thus fairly thin, but the filmmakers insert all kinds of natural and human obstacles, conflict, and difficulties to rev up the action and excitement. Monique alone remains on the ledge holding the rope onto which the other four are hanging. As the storm closes in, the winds begin to wreak havoc and cause an. The movie has the rating of on.
Meanwhile underground, McLaren is severely injured, with a broken leg and ribs, and he has lost his dexamethasone. Chris O'Donnell and Robin Tunney are likeable leads, the talented Bill Paxton hissable but not as interesting as he was in A Simple Pan. In addition to the gaffs pointed out, I wanted to state what was most amusing to me: Inside the crevasse, the climbers ice tools bounce off the crevasse walls like they're made out of solid steel and 'ping' just like it. Overall the movie was very well done and well worth watching. Unfortunately not even plausible special effects. Annie, Vaughn, and McLaren fall through a patch of ice and become trapped in a , while the other expedition members are killed.
Peter signals Annie their position, and Annie and Vaughn manage to mark the crevasse entrance by launching a homemade flare and using McLaren's blood as paint. The sensation that the characters could, at any moment, fall to their deaths is the film's strength. From the opening scene to the end, yer hooked. Radio contact is lost, but Peter remains by the radio and hears Annie using static to send a signal to inform base camp that they are alive. I like the actors but not in this movie. How can anyone spend so much money and make a picture like this? Skip and Peter also visit Wick, who agrees to join in the rescue attempt but requests that Skip remain behind, as Wick says that he needs someone he can trust at base camp directing the mission. After an eventful helicopter drop-off, each team takes a different entry point up the mountain to increase chances of success.
Back at the military station, the nitroglycerine canisters are exposed to sunlight and explode. After Monique secures her harness to him, the peak cracks, and Monique also falls over the edge. This is, without doubt, the least accurate film on climbing I have ever seen. Another minus is the background music, which is irritatingly nondescript. Base camp tells the teams to get their cases of nitroglycerin into the shade.
The expedition is funded by wealthy industrialist Elliot Vaughn Paxton , who is also taking part. His sister, on the other hand, seems to suffer from some terrible form of terminal emotional constipation, yet she is supposedly acting out some emotional psycho-drama inspired in large part by her sainted dead father's memory. All that said, it still represents a terrific way to spend some quality time gazing at the terrific landscapes, action sequences, and wonderful cinematography that the director continually throws our way, and the action sequences in particular are stunning and very realistic. The'comic' Australian climbing brothers, Ces and Cyril, or whatever their names were, were profoundly embarrassing I guess Ben Mendelsohn will be hoping no-one will recognise him with a balaclava on his head. But when Chris O'Donnall does his full sprint at altitude! But there is some nice scenery.