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Release Date: October 04, 2013

Starring: Lochlain O’Mearain, Christine Barnes, Garrett Philipps, Johannes Moser, Hoselito Bite, Marco Confortola, Niall Foley

Genre: Documentary

Audience: Older children to adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 102 minutes

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Content:

(BBB, C, Pa, FR, L, VV, M) Very strong moral worldview about mountain climbing, stressing the need to rescue those who are hurt and fallen, some quick Pro-Christian comments as well as some Buddhist and other religious activities, but very minor; five audible obscenities and two light profanities; mountain climbing documentary violence showing two men fall down mountain, three bloody bodies of men who fell, discussions of violence, threat of violence, frostbitten fingers and toes shown; no sex; no nudity; no alcohol; no smoking; and, some climbers let other climbers down.


Summary:

THE SUMMIT is a very exciting documentary about the deadliest climbing expedition to the second tallest mountain in the world, which resulted in 11 deaths in August 2008. Using re-enactments, documentary footage, and interviews, THE SUMMIT is one of the best documentaries ever made, with a strong moral worldview about helping others in need. There is some brief foul language, however, so light caution is advised.


Review:

THE SUMMIT is a very exciting, jeopardy-filled, on-the-edge-of-your-seat documentary structured like a mystery. Using re-enactments, the movie tells the story of the deadliest mountain climbing expedition in August 2008, where 11 people died on the Himalayan mountain known as K2. While Everest is the tallest mountain, K2, the second tallest, is the most difficult. The film footage in THE SUMMIT is absolutely incredible. The re-created scenes are woven seamlessly into the documentary footage. Several of the mountain climbing participants from all over the world become friends with the audience through their interviews. Several of them die, however, leaving behind wives and families.



In the beginning, the Norit team sets up to conquer K2 in July because August is avalanche season. However, it snows for three weeks in July. This delays their ascent. By the end of the delay, other mountain climbing groups have arrived, from Korea, Italy, Serbia, Norway, Ireland, the U.S., Spain, and an international group. They try to work together, giving responsibilities crucial to life and death to each group. For instance, Mr. Kim of the Korean team is responsible for setting the ropes. Later in the documentary, however, he fails to leave on time and to set the ropes properly. This causes incredible delays and death.



As the men begin their climb, the Serbian climber man falls early on in the dead zone, which is called the dead zone because of oxygen starvation. The brain cells shut down, the brain expands and delusions occur. Another climber just goes wacko too. Many of them get to the top, including the wonderful, friendly Ger McDonald, Rolfe, Wilco from Norway, and Rolfe’s wife. Because they are late, they come down late. An avalanche hits one, taking him out and cutting the rope, which wasn’t set properly. Three Koreans go off the edge. Ger and Rolfe try to help. One of the best climbers, Pimba, is a Sherpa, who does help and comes off the mountain late. Two of the climbers get severe frostbite. Interwoven into the movie, are flashbacks to the first expedition to K2 in the 1950s by interviewing an Italian climber who was reviled for years because two of his climbing buddies died. He has only recently been recognized for what he did.



THE SUMMIT is filled with excitement. Some of the individual stories are fascinating. Some of the problems that occurred will never be resolved, which makes the movie a great mystery. As noted above, the re-enacted scenes are woven seamlessly into the documentary footage and interview footage.



Because the Sherpa climbers and guides are Nepalese and Pakistan, there’s some minor false religion in THE SUMMIT. There are also some Christian references, however. Overall, THE SUMMIT has a very strong moral worldview about mountain climbing, which stresses the need to rescue those who are hurt and fallen. THE SUMMIT contains very few obscenities and the profanities are exclamatory, like Oh My God, which is what you might say when a big avalanche comes down on you. The filmmaking and structure is excellent. THE SUMMIT is one of the best, most compelling documentaries ever made.


In Brief:

THE SUMMIT is a very exciting, jeopardy-filled, on-the-edge-of-your-seat documentary structured like a mystery. Using re-enactments, the movie tells the story of the deadliest mountain climbing expedition in August 2008, where 11 people died on the Himalayan mountain known as K2. While Everest is the tallest mountain, K2, the second tallest, is the most difficult. Tragedy occurs when the expedition members start climbing after the avalanche season begins.



THE SUMMIT is one of the best, most compelling documentaries ever made. It’s filled with excitement. Some of the individual stories are fascinating. The re-enacted scenes are woven seamlessly into the documentary footage and interview footage. Some of the problems that occurred during the tragic climb will never be resolved. This makes the movie a great mystery. Because the Sherpa climbers and guides are Nepalese and Pakistan, there’s some false religion in THE SUMMIT. There are also some positive Christian references. Overall, THE SUMMIT has a very strong moral worldview. It stresses the need to rescue those who are hurt and fallen. THE SUMMIT does have some brief, strong foul language, so caution is advised.