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The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest

  PG HD Closed Captioning

Anthony Geffen

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Plot Summary

Driven by Empire, torn by love, George Mallory disappeared in 1924, a mere 800 feet from his goal of summiting Mount Everest. Now Conrad Anker returns to Everest to recreate Mallory's climb and to solve a mystery that has spanned generations. Obsessed with becoming the first person to conquer the untouched Mount Everest, George Mallory was last seen before the clouds rolled in and he disappeared into legend. His death stunned the world. 75 years later, climber Conrad Anker's life became intertwined with Malloryís when he discovered his frozen body with belongings intact. Haunted by Mallory's story, Anker returns to Everest with British climbing prodigy Leo Houlding to unravel the mysteries surrounding his disappearance.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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76%
  • Reviews Counted: 34
  • Fresh: 26
  • Rotten: 8
  • Average Rating: 6.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: You may not believe it's possible to bore people to death with a film about risking your life, but The Wildest Dream comes shockingly close. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Aug 6, 2010

Fresh: Though Anker's personal story turns out to be of considerable interest, it is Mallory's that is the most compelling and stays with us longest. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Aug 6, 2010

Fresh: It's about a love triangle -- unusual because the home-wrecking third party is the largest mountain in the world. – Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, Aug 6, 2010

Fresh: The movie excels not in the plentiful shots of Everest's majesty, but in its nuanced depiction of Mallory through interviews, archival footage and letters. – Stephanie Merry, Washington Post, Aug 6, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Splendid!!

I'm going to watch this for the fourth time!! If you haven't seen it yet because you were skeptical, well don't be! This is a well done documentary....A must-see!

Great narration; nicely filmed

A nicely done film, particularly with the juxtaposition of Mallory & Irvine's steps with the more recent climb. Particularly enjoyed since the desire to reach the summit is something I neither desire nor understand - in the words of Anker's stepson when his mother asks him, "what would you wear to climb mount everest?", he replies, "I wouldn't climb mount everest."

Bogus

Although visually breathtaking this film contains distortions of the truth on a par with the famous lemming-throwing scene in Disney’s White Wilderness. The fact that Conrad Anker placed modern spring-loaded camming devices to protect himself while climbing the Second Step is completely omitted from the narrative. Worse though is when Anker relates that he could have fallen six or seven thousand feet here and pulled his belayer off as well. This is an outright lie; any climber watching this can see that he has clearly placed protection for himself in this difficult section and that his partner is secured with multiple anchors as well.

There is no mention either of the modern crampons that the climbers are using. This is another piece of technology that was not accessible to Mallory and Irving. To claim, as the film does, that the Second Step on the North Col of Everest was climbed with equipment available to Mallory and Irving is entirely bogus.

There is a really good story here that has been once again distorted Hollywood style. It is very sad that with all the resources we have today that children grow up with so much misinformation about the world around them.

I will likely not be renewing my subscription to National Geographic magazine after watching this film.

The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2010

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