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The Summit

HD   R Closed Captioning

Nick Ryan

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 36
  • Fresh: 22
  • Rotten: 14
  • Average Rating: 6.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A pulse-pounding success. – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, Oct 3, 2013

Fresh: A complex and gut-clenching human drama that has the great advantage of all being true. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Oct 3, 2013

Fresh: A gripping, cliffhanger document of a deadly trek up the most dangerous mountain on earth where 11 climbers lost their lives. – Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter, Oct 2, 2013

Rotten: It's a noble effort, but by wading into the murky waters of who acted heroically, and who, perhaps, did not, Ryan loses touch with the mountain itself ... – Chuck Wilson, Village Voice, Oct 1, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Honors the true heroes

The Summit isn’t just a run-of-the-mill docudrama of a tragedy. The movie also honors the actions of admirable mountaineers like Ger MacDonald, Marco and Pemba. These men resisted the temptation of the “every man for himself" mentality that high-altitude climbers face when things get dangerous. Instead, they risked their lives, and in one case gave their life, in an effort to save their fellow climbers. They are an inspiration to climbers everywhere, and this movie honors their strength and character!

interesting interviews & beautiful scenery

The storyline is a bit disjointed and confusing. The participants were also confused and oxygen deprived at the time.

Character exploration was revealing and interesting.

Never could determine if they brought that dead body down to Camp 4.

These and movies like them continue to demonstrate the lack of organization and professionalism that could be applied to exploration efforts. These activities should only be attempted by certified professionals with proper equipment and military style organization. Otherwise, the results are more likely as is depicted.

Great Movie,,but

The movie left me hanging. How did the people get past the traverse after the ice took down the fixed ropes?

The Summit
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2013

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