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      The Summit

      R Released Oct 4, 2013 1 hr. 42 min. Documentary List
      67% 36 Reviews Tomatometer 62% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score In August, 2008, 18 mountain climbers reached the top of K2. 48 hours later, 11 people were dead. While memorials paid tribute to those killed, there were also condemnations about 'the why.' Why do these athletes risk everything to reach a place humans are simply not meant to go? With breathtaking cinematography and jaw dropping reenactments based on the testimony of those who survived the climb, this thrilling film is about the very nature of adventure in the modern world. Read More Read Less

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      While it could use more clarity than director Nick Ryan brings to bear, the real-life story behind The Summit still makes for compelling viewing.

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      Sam's Emergency V Super Boring & Very Uninteresting Movie. All The Scenes Had Nothing Exciting Happen + Don't Recommend Anyone To Watch This. Absolutely Hate It Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/24/24 Full Review Benjamin H Although there may be too much talking and a bit of direction issues, The Summit makes up for this by retelling the tragic 2008 accident on the Savage Mountain with both knowledge of the incident but by also blending in intrigue and emotion which truly captures this horrific accident wonderfully on the big screen. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 10/09/22 Full Review Audience Member Solid doc on the K2 tragedy from 2008 where 11 climbers died in a single day. The film intertwines actual and dramatization footage, but slowly reveals a divided climate between the various groups of nationalities without anyone ever really accepting any accountability including one of the team leaders and key rescuers. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 09/27/20 Full Review Audience Member Although there may be too much talking and a bit of direction issues, The Summit makes up for this by retelling the tragic 2008 accident on the Savage Mountain with both knowledge of the incident but by also blending in intrigue and emotion which truly captures this horrific accident wonderfully on the big screen. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review andy f This documentary reconstruction is as difficult as you'd expect. At times confusing, the uniqueness of this mountaineering film is the differing recollections of the participants. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Intriguing. On-mountain footage spectacular. Case study in how not to work together. Also, an example of how facts become stories (often (de)emphasising a subset of those facts). Strong personalities interesting. The Sherpas sensible, as ever. The complex storytelling easy to follow, if you concentrate. Ger McDonnell a remarkable individual. Recommended. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Donald Clarke Irish Times Visually impressive and well-researched, The Summit certainly stirs up the terror and mystery that attended that disastrous weekend. Rated: 3/5 Nov 27, 2013 Full Review Michael Sragow Orange County Register Remarkably, The Summit achieves some of the same dizzying impact as Gravity -- by philosophical and psychological means, rather than special effects. Rated: A- Oct 30, 2013 Full Review Radheyan Simonpillai NOW Toronto The Summit picked up an editing prize at Sundance, which you can only surmise was awarded because the film does a fine job of leaving you as confused as the people on K2. Rated: 2/5 Oct 25, 2013 Full Review Allen Almachar The MacGuffin It's a cautionary tale, where the slightest mistake could have tremendous consequences. Rated: B Jul 23, 2020 Full Review Bernard Boo Way Too Indie The constant bombardment of facts, opinions, and time jumps is a lot to digest, causing a lot of the emotional bits to slip through the cracks. Rated: 6.7/10 Apr 11, 2019 Full Review Dan Schindel Nonfics Structurally confused and suspect in its depiction of the events. Bad taste and poor decisions waylay any attempt at emotion. Rated: 1/5 May 30, 2014 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis In August, 2008, 18 mountain climbers reached the top of K2. 48 hours later, 11 people were dead. While memorials paid tribute to those killed, there were also condemnations about 'the why.' Why do these athletes risk everything to reach a place humans are simply not meant to go? With breathtaking cinematography and jaw dropping reenactments based on the testimony of those who survived the climb, this thrilling film is about the very nature of adventure in the modern world.
      Director
      Nick Ryan
      Executive Producer
      John Battsek, Pat Falvey, Darrell Kavanagh
      Screenwriter
      Mark Monroe
      Distributor
      IFC Films
      Rating
      R (Some Language)
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 4, 2013, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 4, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $218.5K
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