The film is based a true story of an expedition that went wrong after teams were caught in a storm. The main character is the New Zealander, Rob Hall (Jason Clarke), a team leader who has left behind a pregnant wife (Keira Knightley) to embark on what he expects to be a routine trip. However, it turns out that the entire team has to fight for their lives just to get home safely.
Team members include a range of climbers, including, postman, Doug Hansen (John Hawkes), journalist, Jon Krakauer (Michael Kelly), macho Texan doctor, Beck Weathers (Josh Brolin) and a Japanese climber, Yasuko Namba (Naoko Mori).
There is something uncanny in the scenes in which Hall, in a blizzard near the top of Everest, talks on a satellite phone with his wife, Jan, tucked up in bed in New Zealand. As she points out, he is so far away, “He might as well be on the moon.” This is not just a movie about a desperate battle for survival against the elements. It also morphs into love story. Alongside Knightley’s, Jan, the filmmakers also show us Robin Wright as Peach Weathers, Buck’s wife back home in suburban Dallas with her kids, ready to go to extreme lengths to get him back.
Although the plot isn’t the newest idea, the way it is executed was enjoyable. The cast also were great at their roles, contributing to the success.