Vertical Limit [DVD] 
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Annie Garrett (Robin Tunney) is part of an expedition aiming for the summit of K2, the second highest peak in the world. The ascent seems to be going fine, but the team is failing to receive storm warnings and is thus ignorant of the danger awaiting it. Eventually an avalanche strikes, and Annie is left stranded, trapped in a crevasse with millionaire expedition leader Elliot Vaughn (Bill Paxton). Annie's brother Peter (Chris O'Donnell) then launches a rescue mission, gathering together a team of dedicated mountaineers - including Montgomery Wick (Scott Glenn), a climber whose wife was lost in Wick's previous expedition - as he races to save his sister from certain death.
Vertical Limit is the film for all those mountain-climbing aficionados who devoured Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air and similar books. It attempts to translate man-against-the-mountain adventure into compelling, albeit fictional, drama. But while the climbing action is pretty darn breathtaking, somebody forgot to put the brakes on the cliché machine while penning the screenplay. Two siblings (Chris O'Donnell and Robin Tunney) are mentally scarred by a climbing accident in which their father died to save them. She becomes a famous mountain climber; he never climbs again. On one of her climbs an avalanche leaves her stranded and only her determined brother can bring her back, along with a ragtag team of rescuers. It's easy to pick out the rest of the story from here, but Vertical Limit is less about the hackneyed plot than it is about putting its characters into increasingly dangerous situations and hanging them precariously over various mountainsides. It's a credit to director Martin Campbell (GoldenEye) that the impressive action keeps the film moving along past the bordering-on-absurd plot twists. O'Donnell tosses his mane of fluffy hair admirably, but it's still disheartening to see this once-promising actor turning into a pretty-boy stand-in; only Glenn manages to overcome his character's predictability. Mountaineering enthusiasts will recognise a cameo by world-renowned climber Ed Viesturs, who as an actor proves that he's... a very good mountain climber. --Mark Englehart, Amazon.comSee all Product Description
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The film revolves around a brother and sister, played by Chris O'Donnell and Robin Tunney, who are estranged following the death of their father while climbing. His death scene is a real nail biter, as it deals with a situation that a climber hopes never occurs. Three years later, the sister is climbing professionally, while the brother has retired from climbing and is, instead, working as a photographer for National Geographic.
He and his sister inadvertently meet up on K2, the second highest peak in the world and probably the most perilous to climb, while he is on assignment for National Geographic, and she is there to climb. The sister is set to climb K2 as part of the climbing team put together by a millionaire played by Bill Paxton. For him, K2 is a trophy mountain, and he plans to climb it with the intention of reaching the summit just as the inaugural flight of the airline he owns is flying overhead. He has put together an ace team, but, alas, K2 has a mind of its own.
While climbing, they are overtaken by a storm, after the millionaire disregards his lead climber's warning that the team should turn back. The sister ends up falling into a crevasse. An avalanche kills off the rest of the team, except for the lead climber and the millionaire, who join the sister in the crevasse.Read more ›
A precision here - I know absolutely NOTHING about climbing and the highest place where I ever have been is Klein Matterhorn (3883 metres), followed by Teide (3718 metres), both valiantly ascended by cable-car... This might explain why I liked this film so much...
Peter Garrett (Chris O'Donnell) and his sister Annie (Robin Tunney) were climbing mountains since they were very young, but now have a difficult relationship, following a very bad accident three years earlier. Peter is now a photographer but Annie continues a very succesful climbing career - she was in fact selected to be part of an expedition ascending K2, together with an exuberant billionnaire Elliot Vaughn (Bill Paxton) and a renowned climber Tom McLaren (Nicholas Lea, of X-Files fame).
The expedition meets with problems and a rescue party, encouraged by a financial reward, is formed to attempt a rescue. This group will be led by an eccentric but extremely competent hermit/climber Montgomery Wick (Scott Glenn, amazing!) - other members will be Peter Garrett, two somehow psychedelic Australians, a Pakistani soldier and last but not least Monique Aubertine (Isabella Scorupco), a woman climber so deep in debt, that she doesn't even dare to descend into the valleys...
This is a surprisingly well done little film, mixing the climber/mountain drama with some additional elements. There is an old and terrible score to settle between two of the characters (I will say no more here).Read more ›
Like all films like its the cgi and the elements shown that are the true stars
For the record I admire mountain climber and various extreme activity participants. ie sky divers mountaineers. In reality they have to show a respect for the elemant
I live in south wales and even in Newport on a good day you can see the brecon beacons. Even though they are. 39/40 miles away further north we have mount Snowdon .Week in week out our local news tells of people with no real clothing venture out into the Snowdonia natural park in clear. When the weather us clear suddenly turns bad and the rescue. Teams are sent properly called.
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Actually forgot how good this film was until it popped up on film 4 half way through and I caught a bit of it. I checked Amazon and was pleased to see it so reasonably priced. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mrs Rebecca Cooper
Very exciting DVD with lots of action than kept you on the edge of your chair.Published 5 months ago by John Murasev