Vertical Limit
Year:
2000
Country:
USA, Germany
Genre:
Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure
IMDB rating:
5.9
Director:
Martin Campbell
Chris O'Donnell as Peter Garrett
Robin Tunney as Annie Garrett
Stuart Wilson as Royce Garrett
Augie Davis as Aziz
Temuera Morrison as Major Rasul
Roshan Seth as Colonel Amir Salim
Alejandro Valdes-Rochin as Sergeant Asim
Nicholas Lea as Tom McLaren
Rod Brown as Ali Hasan
Scott Glenn as Montgomery Wick
Steve Le Marquand as Cyril Bench
Ben Mendelsohn as Malcolm Bench
Izabella Scorupco as Monique Aubertine
Bill Paxton as Elliot Vaughn
Storyline: A high-adrenaline tale of young climber Peter Garrett, who must launch a treacherous and extraordinary rescue effort up K2, the world's second highest peak. Confronting both his own limitations and the awesome power of nature's uncontrollable elements, Peter risks his life to save his sister, Annie, and her summit team in a race against time. The team is trapped in an icy grave at 26,000 feet - a death zone above the vertical limit of endurance where the human body cannot survive for long. Every second counts as Peter enlists the help of a crew of fellow climbers, including eccentric, reclusive mountain man Montgomery Wick, to ascend the chilling might of the world's most feared peak to save her.
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Reviews
Enjoyable but not great
First, Vertical Limit has some outstanding photography and special effects. Some scenes, particularly the initial setup, are very well done. However, the plot is not outstanding, and tends to wander. I give it points for trying to be more than just an action flick, but the plot tends to lack focus. Basically this movie is a fun diversion, but not particularly engrossing. 6/10
2000-12-08
So much money...so many goofs!
How can anyone spend so much money and make a picture like this? The effects were good but how many really stupid / bad things can happen in one film or one person's life. If only two of the many, many catastrophes that happened in the movie happened in real life it would be like lightning striking you twice. Everything that the actors did (pretending to be the best of the best climbers) seemed to go against them. Really, do you think a professional climber would leave his back pack where it could slide down the mountain? This is your life we're talking about. How about a nylon climbing rope that snaps two feet above the ground just after stopping a long fall. You can't see anyone's breath and it's cold up there. But the way, there aren't any open flame fires that I know of (unless the fuel contains it's own oxygen) anywhere near that altitude. Or how about a professional climber (who relies on good lungs) that smokes. Really, enough is enough!

If you can't think well you might like this movie but it you have some brains, no way! No real plot development - only special effects over and over and over...Unfortunately not even plausible special effects. Jumping a crevasse (didn't they know it was there before they took that route) and actually sticking to the other side. Come on!

I could go on and on but I won't. Nice scenery though. I like the actors but not in this movie.

Well, that's my take and thanks.

2001-08-01
A Big Disappointment.
*Warning: Spoilers*

Vertical Limit had an intriguing trailer, it looked like fun entertainment. Unfortunately, it wasn't fun. It was hardly entertaining, either. A big disappointment.

Vertical Limit kicks off with a prologue that has the Garrett family dangling perilously from a mountain face. Paw Garrett demands that his eldest, Peter (Chris O'Donnell), cut him loose to save his sister, Annie (Robin Tunney), which he does - much to her horror. Two years later and sis has got herself stranded halfway up K2, and Peter has to lug a load of highly unstable nitroglycerine up the mountain in order to rescue her.

A stupid movie from the start, Vertical Limit has mix of dumb-ass cheap thrills and ugly, silly special effects. The performances are terrible, Robin Tunney has the only watchable role. The script is disastrous, you'll be screaming at the screen in agony at how flipping stupid the whole thing is. The film is so predictable, I mean, of course O'Donnell is going to save the day and rescue his beloved sister Annie! And the stupid blonde bitch who should of died instantly still lives, and typically falls in love with Peter. This is one of the few films where I cared for none of the characters, because none of them were developed, and I just wanted them to all suffocate and die on the K2.

Boring, annoying, stupid and disappointing - Vertical Limit is one of the most embarrassing New Zealand films ever made, and it isn't worth your precious time.

I rate Vertical Limit 3 out of 10.
2000-12-21
Ridiculous, but the tension makes it fun
On the infamous peak K2, a climbing expedition gets trapped in a cavern after an avalanche. A rescue is mounted to help save them. Thank God for nitroglycerin!

From the get-go this is one very silly movie. Even the goofs section seems to suggests that not even the film makers knew what they heck they were doing as apparently everything about K2 and mountaineering is wrong. That doesn't really limit the audience too much, though it probably made some people cringe or laugh out loud.

"Logic" aside this is actually a pretty fun movie. There are good tense moments of peril along with some cool stunts and action, which is really all a movie like this needs. Don't ask me why one can of nitroglycerin can make a huge fireball hundreds of feet high, while a whole storage shed barely damages a mountain side upon destruction. Don't ask me why this movie was even made let alone funded. Just sit back for two hours and enjoy, but be sure not to think too hard. 6/10

Rated PG-13 for intense scenes of action/peril
2006-08-29
I reached my horizontal limit about 45 minutes in (SPOILER ALERT!!)
I agree with most of the other comments here......such a good cast, and I'm sure in the case of Martin Campbell, good intentions, but boy oh boy!!

I am by no means an expert outdoorsperson; my idea of exercise is grabbing the remote, firing up the TV and doing some quick warmups at the keyboard before launching into a day of websurfing. But even I found this movie very far-fetched and laughable during the parts of it I managed to stay glued to. In addition to the other "oopsies" everybody else pointed out, if we're going for realism in a movie, can we avoid using fake spray-on Christmas-tree snow on people's faces and sets?? Aacckk, I hate that look in movies! I realize we can't really freeze people to death for the sake of realism, but with makeup and special effects and huge budgets that we have today we can avoid this little faux pas, can't we??

It seemed to me that this movie lasted for about 6 hours. Maybe this is an after-effect that the director was going for, maybe he wanted us to sense that when you're climbing a 28,000 ft. mountain, your sense of time is distorted or something. Personally the only inclination this gave me was to wonder how I could get up and leave the room about 27 times, read about 30 reviews of movies here on the IMDb, and this movie was still running!! Freezing to death probably would have the same effect on the brain, I'd assume.

The first thing that made me dubious of this flick (and I must admit I didn't even catch the first 45 minutes of it) was after Scott Glenn (in his best David Carradine-from-Kung-Fu incarnation) agreed to go on the rescue expedition, and the helicopter has to literally "drop the rescuers off" on the mountain. After watching the (kid's toy-looking) helicopter thrash about in the maniacal winds for about 15 minutes, wondering how the heck, even I knew that a helicopter couldn't survive in a) winds like that for that long, b) hovering at that altitude just wouldn't cut it either, and c) I was ready for that rotor blade to chop the girl's head off just for an encore.

And ok, maybe I'm being a little heavy here, but I'm sorry, I just can't take Chris O'Donnell seriously in a movie while I'm waiting on the edge of my seat for him to dash into the Batcave and come out in the full Robin package. He sure could have used Batman's help out of this mess. He's so, well, golly gee, earnest or something, he reminds me of Beaver Cleaver trying to act in a big-boy movie.

All in all, I would just say, save yourself the time and energy. The little mountain climbing episode at the beginning of "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls" was far more entertaining for me, and sadly, more realistic. I felt sorrier for that poor little raccoon that for any of the popsicles in this dud.

Holy Avalanche, Batman, get us out of here, quick!!
2002-07-19
Do climbers really decide who to sacrifice like this?
Okay, this is a pretty bad movie, as most of the comments here will indicate. But, there is one thing I was left wondering about: do climbers who are hanging on an overloaded support system routinely cut some of the group loose to fall and die in order to maybe save the rest? This plot device gets used twice in this movie. Interestingly enough, it seems to be the first course of action people think of. We'll try to swing around a bit, but then just cut that old load, sorry Dad, and we're all okay. But, at the same time it's considered evil to withhold a limited lifesaving miracle drug from the seriously injured member of a group who is not likely to survive anyway, (having "expendible cast member" tattooed across his forehead).

Didn't this film have to have someone who actually climbed to create the action sequences? Didn't they every complain about the stupidities? Heck, I'm not a climber at all, but I've seen enough National Geographic to recognize many of the stupidities in this film.
2002-03-15
Great action!
The vertical limit is a whirlwind of a movie. THe first scene knocks you off your socks! The movie only goes up from there. Action takes place every ten minutes and you will never be bored. Of course chris o' donnel does add a little chesse factor but he does a good job. The sfx are amazing. This movie was very good chessy at times but overall good: 8/10
2000-12-08
A Fun Romp for Those Who Can Suspend Belief and Enjoy It
I'm surprised that some viewers have been so hard on this film. Sure, the plot is formulaic, and for those of us who are experienced mountaineers, the events and stunts rise occasionally to the ridiculous. But this movie was far superior to some of the mountaineering films made in the early 90s (K2, Cliffhanger). It is also visually beautiful to watch if you enjoy the mountains or are a climber. Other perks for the armchair mountaineer include a cameo by Ed Viesturs (as himself).

The plot is a simple one. Accomplished young sibling climbers become estranged after the death of their father in a climbing accident, but are reunited in the K2 death zone after one becomes trapped with her climbing party at high altitude and her brother forms the rescue party. From there, all that's required to enjoy the unfolding events is an ability to enjoy the stunning vistas and not take the details too seriously.

The movie was well cast, with an earnest Chris O'Donnell as a young hero, Scott Glenn as a mysterious, menacing, yet fundamentally well intentioned old school climber, and Tom Paxton as a hard-charging self-absorbed businessman.

Also, when this film was first released the plot had some timely elements in the wake of the 1996 Everest disaster. The notion that wealthy clients could "guarantee" themselves a summit via high-priced guides--often with tragic results--was most certainly not fiction. No doubt the Everest story, although much more serious than this enjoyable bit of mountaineering fluff, influenced the writer of the screenplay here.
2006-08-22
definitely worth the watch
Vertical Limit first caught my attention with its trailer, and from the looks of it, I thought this would definitely be one exciting film. I was not disappointed. It was a roller coaster ride from start to finish. Although some parts were predictable, I found that my heart still jumped when it happened. Not only were the action/disaster scenes intense, but the whole story made me feel the character's fears, and the cold. This is not "get into big trouble and get pulled out quickly." This is "get into big trouble, then get into bigger trouble, and then into complete disaster, and maybe they can get out of it." I, along with the audience cringed and jumped quite a few times and came out with white knuckles. The bottom line is, if you want to see a thrilling adventure, this is it.
2000-12-10
This is what happens when you steal the action from Cliffhanger and the story line from Shakespeare
You know a movie is going to be bad when the audience laughs at a supposed emotional climax. Meet Chris O'donnell, a mountain climber with absolutely no muscle tone, his sister Robin Tunney, with absolutely no acting talent, and the ridiculous plot with absolutely no sense. First of all, the relationship between O'donnell and Tunney make Angelina Jolie and her brother look perfectly normal. Most people just look at their siblings, they gaze longingly into each others eyes. But besides the weird relationship, the story is ridiculous. The same tragedy that separated them brings them back together which then separates them which in turn brings them back together (Whew! If that doesn't make any sense, welcome to the viewing public's experience of this movie) Scott Glenn appears as his usual haggard self. He really gives new meaning to the word crusty. Bill Paxton does his best at being menacing (his best wasn't good enough). The ending is as expected, extremely predictable. By the way, if a movie was ever guilty of gratuitous explosions, this is it. As I was leaving the theater, a 10yr old summed this one up the best,"I rate this movie a C for Crap!"
2000-12-20
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