Making a disaster film set on Mount Everest probably sounded like a great idea on paper. The problem is, though, when it became time to turn that script into a reality, the cast and crew involved knew that they would have to confront the elements head on to truly bring the tale to life. And the latest featurrette to promote the disaster thriller Everest proves that was exactly the case, as the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, and Josh Brolin were forced to shoot in extraordinary conditions at which most of us would wimp and weep.
Well, I think it’s safe to say that working on Everest was snow joke. I’m sorry. I just couldn’t resist. Kudos to everyone involved in the production for going to such great lengths to create the film. Let’s just hope that this actually comes across on screen when Everest is finally released in September. Otherwise, the potential frostbite probably wasn’t worth it.
Throughout the early months of January 2014, Everest’s 44 crew members travelled from Nepal to the Otzal Alps in Italy, before they then shot further sequences in Iceland too. And it turns out that filming in each of these locations was rather tumultuous for everyone involved. As the above featurrette says from the get-go, human beings really aren’t supposed to function at the resting altitude of a 747.
And while the cast and crew of Everest didn’t quite reach these heights, Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Michael Kelly, and more each admitted that they were forced to truly experience the elements and were bombarded with real weather and snow that left them feeling punished. In fact, along the way, they were confronted with avalanche warnings, snowstorms, while sherpas even had to dig sets out from in some circumstances too.
Everest’s Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur insisted that in order for Everest to be taken seriously and even remotely genuine the shoot needed to take place under these intense circumstances. Reproducing these scenes in any other fashion would have been insulting to the viewer, and everyone involved insists that Kormakur has managed to successfully managed to replicate the tragic events that inspired Everest in a breath-taking and pulsating fashion.
Everest certainly looks like it has the ingredients to be a pulsating addition to the 2015 cinematic calendar. It is based on the real life events of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, has a truly great cast, impressive director and writing team, and looks as though it will possess stunning visuals - especially since it will be in IMAX 3D. And if each of these elements are able to combine in a riveting fashion, then it could prove to be the first, great autumn film of an already impressive year for cinema.