by Adam Riske
I have a couple of problems with the rollout of Everest, so I’d like to get those out of the way before reviewing the actual movie. First, the movie is being released in IMAX 3D only for one week before rolling out nationwide in conventional (i.e. non-IMAX 3D) theaters. The IMAX 3D piece implies that this movie is primarily a visual “event,” which it’s not...or at least it shouldn’t be. It’s an elegy to a group of men and women, some of whom died painfully on a mountain. It’s not a white-knuckle thrill ride. It’s a sad story about a bunch of people -- some who survived but many who died. Second, when I bought my IMAX 3D ticket I received an Everest patch with an illustration of the mountain. The patch reads “Everest Regal IMAX.” So it’s like I’m one of the people on the expedition, right? That was the intention? That’s in poor taste, Regal.
As we enter the Fall movie season (aka “the Oscar season”) I have primed myself to be blown away by these big dramas. When they aren’t great, they often feel like a disappointment, which is unfair. I had the same reaction to this weekend’s Black Mass as I did Everest – good, but a letdown because they’re not all-timers. So, I guess the problem is with me and my expectations and not the movie. Is Everest worth your time? Yes, and I would see it in IMAX 3D. It features photography and depth of field you can’t replace on most TVs.