Beyond the Edge
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In 1953, the ascent of Everest remained the last of earth's great challenges. Standing at over 29,000ft, the world's highest mountain posed a fearsome challenge and had already claimed thirteen lives in previous expeditions. Faced with treacherous winds, sub-zero temperatures and battling altitude sickness, Edmund Hillary, a modest bee-keeper and keen mountaineer from Auckland, New Zealand, and the very experienced Sherpa, Tenzing Norgay, of Nepal,finally achieved the impossible and became the first men to stand atop Everest. It was an event that stunned the world and defined an era.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

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"It's all rendered in 3D, with the archival footage reformatted; you'll feel the Everest chill and gape at the astonishing vistas."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Though impressively shot, the doc is a weak advertisement for 3-D."
‑ Graham Fuller, New York Daily News
"The film makes us admire him but there is little here of the excitement, pathos and despair that you find in the stories of climbers such as George Mallory and Joe Simpson."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"It's a testament to the film-making that, despite the fact that we know the outcome, there's a great sense of relief when they finally reach the summit."
‑ Steve Rose, Guardian
"This is genuinely inspirational stuff, and then some."
‑ Andrew Lowry, Total Film
"Recalled in the somewhat breathless History Channel-style voice-overs of the participants and their families, the journey was a triumph of guts, perseverance, endurance, ingenuity and teamwork."
‑ Ella Taylor, NPR
"Like a mountaineer grappling on sheet ice, the film's focus on performance can result in a loss of footing."
‑ Diana Clarke, Village Voice
"Through gorgeous archival footage and new re-creations, thrillingly places us amidst the first successful summit of Everest in 1953, taking true advantage of 3D to offer us dazzling mountain vistas."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"A drably conventional retelling of Edmund Hillary's 1953 ascent of Mount Everest."
‑ Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies
"Considering the danger, spectacular setting and sheer derring-do of its subject matter, this is pretty leaden stuff. Disappointing."
‑ Simon Crook, Empire Magazine
"This absorbing account of the first recorded summit of the world's highest mountain is a rare documentary for which re-enactments make complete sense."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times
"...cinematography is magnificent, the scenery stunningly beautiful, and the recreations are woven into the narrative so seamlessly that they are almost of the best mountain-climbing movies."
‑ Tony Medley, Tolucan Times
"Beyond The Edge captures a vivid sense of the expedition's achievements in a conscientious, 3D documentary-drama."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Despite the scenes featuring Moffitt and Tenzing were sometimes awkward and the inclusion of 3D not adding much to the overall viewing experience, Beyond The Edge is an enjoyable, informative and sometime-stunning docu-film."
‑ Jon Lyus, HeyUGuys
"The skilful combination of old and new footage, almost seamlessly spliced together, still provides riveting material for viewers in a more cynical age."
‑ David Stratton, The Australian
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