It seems periodically there are to me movies out at the theaters that don’t require one to be 16 to enjoy them – and the latest spate for me has been The Martian, Everest, and a documentary produced by Colin Hanks on Tower Records.
Enjoyed the Martian, although people who have read the book have complained that the movie ending isn’t as satisfying as the book. Haven’t seen the Tower Records documentary yet.
Anyway, some years ago I read Into Thin Air, about the 1996 climbing disaster that claimed numerous lives, including expert guide Rob Hall.
I can say that the movie followed climber and author Jon Krakauer’s account as detailed in his book.
Like most accidents there wasn’t just one thing that caused the deaths but a chain of events, such as having the discipline to turn back if you haven’t reached the “death zone” of the mountain by a certain time in the day. Even if you haven’t read the book, the movie is so accurate that you could consider it to be a documentary.
And the cinematography is superb – much of it filled in Nepal and Everest. What gets me about climbing Everest are crossing on the rickety ladders over crevices that are 100s of feet deep.
Like this scene from the movie. (starts at 1:31)
It’s worth seeing.