Everest can be described as a mountain-climbing drama but it looks more like a battle between man and Mother Nature. The movie follows an amazing ensemble cast (Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes and Jake Gyllenhaal) and their expedition up Mt. Everest. It captures the relationship that many people have with the environment which is a perfect mix of fascination and fear.
One of the brilliant things about this trailer is the way the audio is mixed. Right as it starts, we can hear heavy and labored breathing. Subconsciously, the trailer is trying to control our breathing. Imagine watching the trailer with headphones on or in a theater equipped with surround sound. The volume would be so loud that it would make it hard for the audience to think and aurally this engages the audience.
The score is loud and abrasive and staggered. And these moments, they start to regulate the heartbeat of the audience. As the action ramps up, the score does as well. It's jarring and when it's set to images of the actors being torn away by the ice storm, it naturally makes us feel afraid, scared, and tense.
On the other hand, though, we also get great sweeping shots of the actors as move through the environment. For a lot of us -- or at least me -- the trailer and this film gives me the opportunity the part of the world that I probably won't ever see. It looks like many of these moments were shot on location (or at least on a mountain somewhere and not in front of a green screen).
While the movie is about a natural disaster (or people persevering through environmental tragedy) it also gives us this great look at the setting. Sunlight bounces off the snow capped mountains and we can really get a sense of the surroundings. It's also important to note that this trailer markets the movie as an "experience" as opposed to a movie and with great shots (like the one above) it's hard not to see it as one especially if you choose to watch it in IMAX 3D.
Note: The trailer is labeled with the International release date, September 24th, 2015..
In the United States, Everest will be in theaters September 18th, 2015.