Everest ★★★½

I can't remember why I missed this when it originally came out, probably something to do with the marketing which, if I remember correctly, was pushing the Everest 3D angle really hard, but I was pleasantly surprised by how good it is. Part of it is the acting talent involved - everyone brings their game to this disaster movie - and secondly because it's not a with a happy ending; unless you count the fact that *anyone* managed to make it off the mountain that day a happy ending.

The first half with the arrival at base camp and the get-to-know-you is a bit long winded but once they get on the actual mountain, the movie is really effective.