The film started out very low-key and then it climbed like the altitude of how high the mountaineers had to go to reach the top of Mount Everest. I had the opportunity to watch this in IMAX 3D. There were scenes that came off and on where it was 3D and I like that because most films say they are in 3D and you see noting. That should not have mattered because this was a true story and the people who lost their lives really touched me, but at the same time, I would have never done what they did.
Certain people have no limitations on things that want to accomplish by being adventurous like the entire cast who climbed Mount Everest. As the film progressed so did the altitudes...18,000 feet--then 21,00--then 25,000. I just looked at that big IMAX screen and those huge rocks and snow forming and the windy weather conditions and could not even imagine what these people experienced and how they were willing to risk their lives to accomplish something that meant so much to them.
The main actor who portrayed Rob really had me in limbo about him. He was adventurous, but he wanted to be everyone's everything; support, oxygen, etc. Rob wanted to do everything to help out any and everyone but when it came time for him to help himself, he couldn't. This is a very hard film to watch. All I could do is just be humbled by all of what these people faced all to touch the top of a huge mountain. At the close of the film, pictures were shown of the real people; who lived and who unfortunately died of hypothermia. That was hard for me to watch because I wanted all of them to be saved and rescued.
If there is one major lesson that I learned from the film is that there is a cost to survival- Rob lost the chance to meet his daughter and Josh Brolin's character of Beck persevered and envisioned his family and he fought to get back to them and he survived. People's willpower have to be just as strong as them in order to survive- to survive anything. Anything in life.
My heart goes out to all the families that have to live each and every day without their husbands who died doing some thing they were passionate about and could not fight to get back to their lives....may they RIP.....