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Vertical Limit (UCA)

Released on 06 June 2005

Featuring: Chris O'Donnell, Bill Paxton & Robin Tunney

Format: DVD | Rating: 12 years & over

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The Mountain Will Decide.

An emotionally-charged action-adventure tale of a retired climber (Chris O´Donnell) who must launch a treacherous and extraordinary rescue effort up K2, the world´s second highest peak, to save his estranged sister and her summit team in a race against time....
  • Commentary from director Martin Campbell & executive producer Lloyd Philips
  • 24 minute 'making of' featurette
  • 7 'Search and Rescue' featurettes (31 minutes)
  • National Geographic featurette
  • Weblink
  • Filmographies
  • Trailer
  • Animated menus

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 Good, but...

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This film is a good action adventure, exciting, well made, great action sequences and decent performances. A good way to entertain yourself for a couple of hours.

But... Where do i start?

The film shows a rescue attempt following a disastrous summit attempt on K2. K2 is the second highest mountain on earth (28,250 feet) and one of the toughest to climb.
Firstly, Vaughn arrives in a helicopter and the next day leaves for the summit. Climbers climbing any 8,000 meter peak will need weeks of altitude acclimatisation before going for the summit. This will involve a slow trek to base camp followed by repeated climbs up and down, progressing in altitude reached each time until acclimatized, even the porters (or Sherpers as they are incorrectly called),who live at altitude, need to do this to go to the extreme altitude of K2. Someone flying straight in from sea level to base camp would become very ill very quickly. And you can't use the argument that he is an experienced high altitude climber, this will mean his body will acclimatize relatively quickly, but he will still need to acclimatize. Also they leave for the summit in the helicopter, this is feasible to the altitude ceiling of the helicopter, but no self respecting mountaineer would consider this as a real summit attempt (there are helicopters that can, with altitude mods, reach the summits of the high peaks, but no one would say that someone summiting K2 from a helicopter had climbed the mountain. The rescue party helicoptering in is ok as they would take any advantage they could.
Secondly, They all wear pretty standard climbing gear, fleece, Gore-Tex shells, etc, but in a K2 summit attempt and a subsequent rescue attempt near the summit the climbers would be wearing full down climbing suites, the Gore-Tex and layers system just isn't good enough for climbing in the Death Zone.
Thirdly, no one in the film uses supplementary oxygen. The summit team may be trying to do it without oxygen, but they would still carry oxygen as a back-up. The rescue team would definitely use oxygen as they would need the advantage it gives. In addition, there are scenes showing climbers breathing heavily from exertion, but they seem to be ok after they've recovered. At high altitude they would be breathing heavily when standing still as their bodies struggle for oxygen.

In summary, the action would be believable had the story played out on a lower altitude peak, say below 12,000 feet, but on K2 it just isn't. It's a good film, but don't think it's a fair representation of high altitude climbing.

 Someone left the cake out in the rain....probably O'Donnell!

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I think the best way to describe this joint is a one scene wonder! The opening scene is incredibly tense and tops that of Cliffhanger if you ask me. But sadly, unlike Cliffhanger, this baby goes downhill faster than a burt reynolds facelift!!

The highlight of the opening scene is Chris O'Donnell, who is a superb actor! He has undeniable range and he displays this in style here as he unleashes an opera solo, hanging off the mountain, to the classic 'Macarthur Park' (Richard Harris, 1968) He has a voice like Mozart, even in the most tense situation, and this is the highlight of the film, and likely the most comical moment ever commited to film! It even beats classics such as Messner's jack in a box from Running Scared, Munroe's intro in Congo, and Milo/ Stallone's monolgue exchange in Rocky Balboa!!

Unfortunetly for O'Donnell, the mood soon changes and if he'd spent more time checking the safety equipment instead of showing off singing, the horror show that follows might have been avoided!!
Although to be fair, having to deal with his dads singing and amateurs at 12 o'clock, i'm not suprised he loses his grapes at the top of the mountain!

This film certainly didnt generate any Oscar buzz but theres enough juice in the opening to make it worth seeing, and to keep me amused as i wait patiently for 'The Poker Club'.

 A film with a mountain, amazing

| | See all ArnoldKILLER's reviews (308)

I love this film, it has a mountain and a crew and the crew get stuck in a cave. AMAZING!!!!!! This is a great film and i enjoyed it a lot. Great.

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ActorsChris O'Donnell, Bill Paxton, Robin Tunney, Roshan Seth, Alexander Siddig, Scott Glenn, Izabella Scorupco, Temuera Morrison, Stuart Wilson, Steve Le Marquand, Nicholas Lea & Ed Viesturs
DirectorMartin Campbell
Certificate12 years and over
Year2000
ScreenWidescreen
LanguagesEnglish ; Hungarian - Dolby Digital (5.1)
SubtitlesArabic ; Bulgarian ; Czech ; Danish ; Dutch ; English ; Finnish ; Greek ; Hebrew ; Hindi ; Hungarian ; Icelandic ; Norwegian ; Polish ; Swedish ; Turkish
Duration2 hours 5 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.