Universal Pictures has released a handful of new clips from director Baltasar Kormakur’s (2 Guns) upcoming survival pic Everest. Inspired by real events and written by Mark Medoff (Children of a Lesser God) and Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog MIllionaire), the movie focuses on two different expeditions that struggle to survive while climbing the world’s tallest mountain. The many attempts to summit Everest have been captured on film a few times before, but with this movie Kormakur aims to put the audience smack dab in the middle of the event with a visceral approach to the story. It helps that he has IMAX cameras to help him achieve this goal, as well as a solid ensemble cast that includes Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke, and Jake Gyllenhaal to help sell the arduousness that such a task entails.
These clips showcase the intensity of the climbing scenes and also give us a hint of what to expect from the film dramatically, with a couple of quieter moments from the movie. There’s a hint of some spotty VFX here that could hinder the illusion that the film attempts to maintain, but hopefully that issue is minimized in the finished film.
Watch the new clips below. Everest opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on September 18th and also stars John Hawkes, Sam Worthington, Robin Wright, Emily Watson, and Keira Knightley.
Here’s the official synopsis for Everest:
Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, EVEREST documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival. The epic adventure stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes and Jake Gyllenhaal. They are joined by Martin Henderson, Emily Watson, Michael Kelly and Thomas M. Wright.