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"Frontline" Storm Over Everest (2008)

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

This was a great documentary that plumbs the nature of being human

10/10
Author: homers_84606 from United States
17 July 2012

I thought this was great movie and that it showed the lengths some people will go to to achieve a goal or to accomplish something that allows them to measure their grit and determination. The difficulty of achieving an Everest Summit is why it is so alluring - to try to overcome your fear, timidity, exhaustion, and the forces of nature to "get there" is a fabulous inspiration for people who have great challenges and difficulty in their lives. To say the climb is pointless or meaningless misses the point. That Everest Summiters are in great demand as motivational speakers says it all - we want people to inspire us to hang in there against the troubles of life.

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

A very professional and compelling film, but one that also made me wonder why....what's the point of all this?

8/10
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
29 October 2011

This is not a typical installment of "Frontline". Instead of being about typical current events, it's an independent film about a group of climbers who got stuck in a terrible storm after they reached the summit of Mt. Everest. The film is very competently made and professional looking. The music quite effective and I marveled at how well filmed it was--with some reconstructed scenes that must have been very difficult to do. And, there are lots of interviews from various folks involved in this perilous descent. I can't imagine how they could have made this story much better--it's compelling and expertly crafted.

Nevertheless, while this is a very well-made film, one thing that kept going through my mind is my own prejudice against climbing HUGE mountains and the like. I kept thinking how stupid all these people were because they were willing to throw away their lives on something that it so fleeting. I just don't get it. My assumption is that a lot of folks feel that way--and so the number of folks who might watch this film is a bit limited. After all, seeing some of the interviewees with just stumps for hands (losing his fingers in the climb) and badly misshaped noses (again, due to frostbite) just baffled me...

Overall, I didn't care much about the climbers but really, really respect the fine filmmaking. Not a glowing endorsement, I know, but so be it.

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Compelling

9/10
Author: jrmcveigh from London uk
16 November 2014

I've always thought about climbing this mountain, after watching this I've decided not pursue this life prise.

I believe the people who do climb this mountain are troubled people. I do (not admire) respect all who do climb this mountain, however, I don't think their thirst /desire to push themselves to the point of near death will never be quenched.

Im all for pushing yourself, but to come so close to death is a little to macabre for me.The single-mindedness required to attempt a mountain like Everest is a thoroughly selfish trait.

A great account of a terrible event.

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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Disappointing in its lack of depth

5/10
Author: don-249 from Potomac, Maryland
8 June 2013

I found this complementary to Krakauer's Into Thin Air. Yes, it was great to hear the individuals speak but they weren't given much time. In contrast, into Thin Air gave much better explanations, quotes, and analysis of why people were making such (seemingly) bad decisions, namely the thin air and its dramatic affect on mental function. In contrast, Storm Over Everest makes it sounds like it was just that a freakish storm that caught them all by surprise. And because the only people interviewed were the survivors, Storm Over Everest barely scratches the surface of what the leaders (Rob Hall and Scott Fischer) were thinking.

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