Over the years I’ve enjoyed eccentric documentaries about Brian Blessed’s attempts to reach the summit (any lump of geography that can defeat the indomitable Blessed not once but three times surely demands respect), scholarly American documentaries about the so-called ‘death zone’ (above 26,000ft, the air is so thin it’s as if the mountain is trying to suffocate you), and touching documentaries about the search for Mallory and Irvine’s bodies.
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See the problem? The film fails to stick to one core idea around which drama and suspense could have been built; but the temptation is understandable, considering how, like in real life, almost all the character arcs are pregnant with drama. But the constant shift in focus makes it hard to identify with any one character.