World Mountain Day 2022
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The “World Mountain Day” or “International Mountain Day” is celebrated on 11th December every year.
On World Mountain Day, the world marks the anniversary of the first mountain summit reached by human beings on Everest. The climb was made by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953, one of the most memorable feats in mountaineering history. The event also helped launch a new era of international cooperation in mountaineering.
Mountain Movie List
As the world celebrates its mountains, it is important to remember that these natural wonders are also a source of inspiration for filmmakers.
On World Mountain Day, celebrate the beauty and strength of mountains by watching these mountain movies. These films will give you an appreciation for the unique character of mountain ranges and their residents. From mountaintop propaganda to a coming-of-age story, these films will show you how to see and appreciate the world’s tallest peaks from a distance.
So on this World Mountain Day, We have compiled a small Mountain Movie List for movie lovers. Here are Nine movies that will leave an impact on you when you watch them.
1. K2 (1991)
K2 is a survival-themed film that stars Michael Biehn and Matt Craven with a direction by Franc Roddam as well as composed by Patrick Meyers and Scott Roberts who adapted Meyers’ stage play.
The lawyer Taylor Brooks and the professor and family man Harold H Jameson are best friends and climbers. After helping save the life of legendary climber Phillip Claiborne and most of his crew after an avalanche on a climb at the funeral of two climbers who had passed away, Taylor proposes Claiborne to join Harold and join his team for his next trip to climb K2 which is the second-highest summit of Earth K2. If they go to Pakistan and are unable to save the porters in a sudden way and they decide to go back and return when Claiborne gets sick due to the symptoms of altitude sickness, they decide to cancel the trip. When Claiborne is forced to quit the trek, however Taylor and Harold remain determined to climb to the summit the K2 regardless of price.
The film will not give you the “Top of the world” sensation, but nevertheless, as a movie about mountains enthusiast, you’ll be fascinated by the technical aspects, cinematography and soundtrack.
2. ALIVE (1993)
Alive is a biographical drama film that is based on Piers Paul Read’s book of the same name, Alive: The True Story of Andes Survivors, which outlines the Uruguayan rugby team’s fatal crash on Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 into the Andes mountains on the 13th of October in 1972.
In 1972, the Uruguayan rugby team is traveling to Chile for a football game. But, the plane of the Uruguayan Air Force with 45 people collides with the Andes Mountains and after the search team, they’re declared dead. Two months after the crash 16 survivors are saved. In the following days, the people who are starving decide to eat the flesh of the corpses of friends in order to survive.
A documentary companion to the film, Alive: 20 years later was released simultaneously to be a film. It contains interviews with survivors and footage from the rescue.
3. Cliffhanger (1993)
Cliffhanger is an action-thriller film written and directed by Renny Harlin, written by and with Sylvester Stallone alongside John Lithgow, Michael Rooker and Janine Turner.
Based on the concept of climbing legend John Long, the film is about Gabe (Stallone) an experienced Mountain climber who gets involved in an steal of an U.S. Treasury plane flying through the Rocky Mountains. Gabriel “Gabe” Walker is a highly skilled rescue climber who lives a tranquil existence within the Rocky Mountains along with his girlfriend and some of his friends. But, things change drastically when a dear friend dies in a tragic accident. Gabe is unable to climb any more since he feels he was responsible for the incident and decides to leave to a new location and leave all those who he is still in love with to let go of his previous. Eight months after, Gabe returns to his home in hopes of getting back with his fiancée, however, his plans are delayed as a group of thieves are looking in the mountains for two suitcases that contain hundreds of millions of dollars that fell off the plane. They will go to any lengths to get it back and Gabe must confront his difficult experiences to stop the bandits to accomplish their goal.
By far this movie is an excellent 10 in terms of action as it deals without CGI however, it does have real climbing authentic action scenes. Risky stunts in which people might have died in. Even with a budget of $70,000,000, film, the action as well as the stunts were well executed in the 90’s.
4. Vertical Limit (2000)
Vertical Limit was a survival-thriller film written and directed by Golden Eye fame Martin Campbell, written by Robert King, and starring Chris O’Donnell, Bill Paxton, Robin Tunney, and Scott Glenn. The film came out on the 8th of December, 2000.
After an accident that took the father’s life, Peter Garrett (Chris O’Donnell) and his sister Annie ( Robin Tunney) are unable to stay together. Peter quits climbing and takes on wildlife photography, whereas Annie is a pro climber, based on her father’s image. The two siblings are reunited three years later at the base of K2 and just as Annie is determined to guide billionaire Elliot Vaughn (Bill Paxton) to the top. Peter is skeptical about the summit, and his suspicions are proven right after an avalanche traps Annie and her group in a icy grave at the top of K2. With three plastic canisters filled with extremely volatile nitro-glycerine Peter along with a taciturn mountain scout Montgomery Wick (Scott Glenn) along with a motley group of volunteers – embarks on an impossible rescue mission to break Annie free.
Vertical Limit received mixed reviews from critics, but is a definite watch for its stunning visual of Lower Himalayan region from POK (originally Indian region), stunning action sequences and stunts. If you’re a action lover, it will raise your adrenaline levels for sure.
5. Touching The Void (2003)
Touching the Void is a docudrama survival film written and directed by Kevin Macdonald and starring Brendan Mackey, Nicholas Aaron, and Ollie Ryall. The film is based on Simpson’s book with the same title.
In 1985, two buddies, Joe Simpson and Simon Yates were able for the climb of Siula Grande in Peru via the West Face, a hitherto never attempted by anyone else. After a long ascent, they achieve their goal, but as they descend, they encounter serious problems. They soon find themselves in danger, and the chance of survival is slim.
Ofttimes, dramatic reconstructions are able to take you away from the documentary, even MacDonald’s remarkable dedication towards authenticity (Accompanied by Yates as well as Simpson) will stop the “it’s just a film” thoughts from occupying viewers’ minds. Highly praised, Touching the Void was listed in Public Broadcasting Services’ “100 Best Documentaries that of All Time”. The most well-known publication The Guardian described it as “the most popular documentary in British film history”.
6. 127 Hours (2010)
127 Hours is a biographical thriller about survival and psychological trauma written as well as edited by Danny Boyle. The film features James Franco, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn and Clemence Poesy The filmis was based on the memoir of Ralston, a Rock and a Hard Place (2004).
The 127 Hours documentary tells the tale of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s extraordinary journey to rescue himself from the fall of a boulder lands upon his arm, trapping him in a secluded valley in Utah. Over the course of five days Ralston explores his life and fights through the elements to finally realize that he is strong enough and has the ability to get himself out using any means needed, climb a 65-foot wall and trek for over eight miles before he is able to be saved.
The film will stick in your mind, not only as a survival story and survival, but rather as a narrative of an incredibly personal experience. Through the use of hallucinations and flashbacks in order to keep the story going, Danny Boyle has managed to make the film as authentic as it can be. This is an excellent film about a real-life event that might be too scary to watch for certain people However, I’d say it’s an essential watch in the case of “Non-Fiction” suspense films.
7. Everest (2015)
Everest is a biographical adventure film produced and directed by Baltasar Kormakur. It was composed by William Nicholson and Simon Beaufoy. The film premiered at on the 72nd Venice International Film Festival on September 2, 2015 and went on release in theatres on September 18, 2015.
In the early dawn of 10 May in 1996, climbers from two commercial expeditions begin their final climb towards the top of Mount Everest, the highest spot on Earth. In a matter of minutes the storm is a raging storm that ravages the mountain, blanketing the trekkers in one the most brutal blizzards that have ever been experienced by any human. The most difficult possible conditions, the teams have to endure a swelter of wind and frigid temperatures in an epic struggle to survive against almost impossible odds. The film’s final two thirds explore the gruelling challenges faced by climbers who try to reach the Death Zone and what happens to them when they descend after a blizzard swoops through.
Everest boasts all the dizzying cinematography a person could hope to get out of a movie about mountain climbers with a taste of non-fiction.
8. The Himalayas (2015)
The Himalayas ( Korean) is an South Korean adventure drama film produced by Lee Seok-hoon. The film is inspired by um Hong-gil’s actual life, with the film primarily focussed on his mentoring of two climbers who later passed away in the course of an ascent.
Based on real events, the renowned mountaineer UM Hong-gil is sent on a journey to Everest to recover his junior climber’s body. He is then faced with the biggest task in his entire life. Despite the warnings, fears about his injured leg, as well as the treacherous storms, Hong-gil is the leader of the team.
This film is primarily an intimate drama about human beings, filled with stunning shots and scenes of strength and unity that are in High Mountain is absolutely necessary. The cinematography, specifically that of mountainous areas is magnificent and stunning. The budget has been slashed when filming the climbs as well as the outdoor scenes. The audio and visual effects also convey the dangerous conditions climbers were forced to endure.
9. Togo (2019)
Togo is an historic movie about adventure. Film directed by Ericson Core and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. The film is about Leonhard Seppala and his fictitious dog sled in the 1925 serum race to Nome to deliver antitoxin for diphtheria serum in harsh conditions during an outbreak of diphtheria.
In 1925, there was a diphtheria outbreak is reported in Nome most often affecting children. Nome’s Mayor George Maynard plans to have the serum delivered through Nenana however this turns out to be impractical due to the extreme nature and severity of the conditions. A town meeting discovers that air delivery is not possible due to the weather and decides that Seppala is the only one who is able to make the 600-mile journey in the midst of a storm to take the antitoxin. Then Seppala is persuaded to get the serum in order to run back, and then decides to go with Togo despite Togo’s years of age (Togo is 12 years old, which is an age for a dog).
The film, for most of it, is faithful to the true story about Leonhard Seppala as well as Togo. It’s a wonderful movie that is heartfelt and touching, showing the bravery that the dog breeds, and particularly Togo. It is a mountain film that gives excellent illustrations of the weather conditions and the challenges that are encountered during these adventures.
Mountain Movie list conclusion on World Mountain Day
As the world mountain day 2022 will get celebrated across the glob on 11th december, As humans, it is time to celebrate our natural connection with these natural wonders.
As mountains keeps motivating us for adventures & exploring peace, It also motivates filmmakers to get something out creatively for movie lovers. Mountain Movie List here is an effort to contribute to the nature and creators inspired by it. Hope you’ll get these Mountain movie list as checked from your watch list.
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