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K2, commonly known as Savage Mountain, is an extension of the northwestern Himalayan Mountain range and is located in the remote region between Pakistan and China. With an unprecedented fatality rate of one in four climbers, it has rightfully earned the title of the second most murderous mountain. But with any high risk sport comes the love of the challenge, and in August 2008 22 climbers from several international expeditions converged on High Camp of K2, the last stop before the summit. Forty-eight hours later, 11 had been killed or simply vanished into thin air. Like a horror movie come to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

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"Remarkably, The Summit achieves some of the same dizzying impact as Gravity -- by philosophical and psychological means, rather than special effects."
‑ Michael Sragow, Orange County Register
"First-time director Nick Ryan isn't entirely up to the challenge in "The Summit," but he does deliver some dramatic and visual highs in the attempt."
‑ Tom Russo, Boston Globe
"Structurally confused and suspect in its depiction of the events. Bad taste and poor decisions waylay any attempt at emotion."
‑ Dan Schindel, Nonfics
"The Summit picked up an editing prize at Sundance, which you can only surmise was awarded because the film does a fine job of leaving you as confused as the people on K2."
‑ Radheyan Simonpillai, NOW Toronto
"This strikingly well-made documentary about a harrowing real-life incident lets itself down by taking a too-ambitious approach to the narrative."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"The subject is fascinating and the cinematic punch afforded by peaks so massive, inspiring with their terrible beauty is a filmmaker's dream."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"At once repetitive and puzzling. There is a lot of finger-pointing. Assertions are made, theories offered, but not much in the way of certainty."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Visually impressive and well-researched, The Summit certainly stirs up the terror and mystery that attended that disastrous weekend."
‑ Donald Clarke, Irish Times
"It still works as a cautionary tale of man vs. nature hubris, but the endgame finger-pointing among survivors, their families, and one amazing Nepalese sherpa leaves the viewer frustrated."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"'The Summit' is at its best when it tries to get to the bottom of what went wrong up on that mountain, which leads to exploring what sent these people up there in the first place."
‑ Mathew DeKinder, Suburban Journals of St. Louis
"You have a tangled story being told by director Nick Ryan and writer Mark Monroe in a somewhat tangled way. The result isn't as much confusing as it is distracting."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"There's something unsettling about a real-life tragedy presented as an action film; that the filmmakers never acknowledge this is more unsettling yet."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"The Summit rises above the foothills of cliché to bring some existential oomph to the accident scene."
‑ Katherine Monk,
"The seriousness of the climbers' predicaments overshadows practically every quibble with the story."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"recounts a harrowing tale of endurance, heroism, majesty and human psychology, but for a sport defined by slow, steady progress, Nick Ryan simply jumps around too much."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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