Using 3D reconstructions and archive footage, this documentary charts Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's 1953 assault on the hitherto unconquered summit of Mt. Everest.
Edmund Hillary's ascent of Everest is ambitiously recreated, in 3D, in the Himalayas. Despite all the deep-vision panoramas, it’s a curiously hollow experience, a film fixated not on the man but on the dry mechanics of achievement. Hillary’s so distant you need binoculars, not 3D. Awesomely uninvolving.
Considering the danger, spectacular setting and sheer derring-do of its subject matter, this is pretty leaden stuff. Disappointing.
Reviewed by Simon Crook