Sunday, 20 September 2015

"Everest 3D", the movie

Little did I know when I did not put a box in an architectural design - The DropBox Facade pattern - (nothing as fancy as getting it patented but just a few boxes made in a word processor to resemble a design) that I had committed some hara kari or mata kari or hira kari (not sure which kari it was but the Tamilians will vouch that it must have been some curry).



Just thought I would start it off on a different note because I am getting more bored with these creeps than "Jack the ripper" must have been when he did not find women to rip off that are bent on spoiling others' day at the movies or maybe it is simply because they speak. So how worse can it be that they are so shameless as to want to speak at all? Maybe 'they' were not prepared that I would go to watch "Everest". :D

That was the beginning of about 30 minutes of expensive 3D reels reeling away with only crunches of popcorns keeping me interested. I almost reached out to grab a handful from the bucket next seat.

It is only when the story of collecting some name and money for some kids back there as the reason for climbing Everest does the 'spirit' behind such expeditions make an impression.

It is not a gripping movie, not even a spectacular one, except for a few seconds of 'unbelievable' shots of views from 'impossible' angles of the heights and those, too, do not exhilarate because the mind tells you 'that is so unbelievably impossibly beautiful so must be graphically generated on a computer' but the eeriness of barren, white ice and vast stretches of mountain ranges with no signs of vegetation makes you wish if you should watch the movie at your home theater.

One of the best scenes, though, was the helicopter (a word that is supposed to trigger some anxiety because it gets used also as a 'chopper') landing at a camp and the subsequent take-off. The filming of it conveyed how incredibly tough it must be to fly the helicopter at that altitude, with the winds, but the same intensity is missing in the filming of the climb itself.

The 'storm' scene is beautifully filmed with the sheer speed of the change of the weather in those heights - "this mountain makes its own weather" - well depicted but possibly the movie is begging somebody to notice the clean aesthetics of the camera angles while showing the dead bodies and death in Everest, in an impassioned manner, without sensationalizing the tragedy, that is.

It did make me think 'tragic' more than a Greek tragedy has ever done.

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