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Vertical Limit
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Starring: Chris O'Donnell, Robin Tunney, Bill Paxton
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Columbia Pictures
Kiddie Movie: Not too young, some of the movie is intense or they might not understand.
Date Movie: She might get scared and hold your hand, or will just think the movie is stupid, it's your call.
Gratuitous Sex: None.
Gratuitous Violence: People get blown up and fall from mountains, but you don't see brains splattered.
Action: More suspense than action, like will he make the jump or not?
Laughs: The Australian dudes.
Memorable Scene: Straightening a broken finger.
Memorable Quote: None.
Directed By: Martin Campbell
Produced By: Lloyd Phillips,Martin Campbell, Robert King

Vertical Limit
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 2:06 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
I went into "Vertical Limit" not expecting too much. I didnít really get too much, but I have to say I did get more than I expected.

The base story is pretty simple Ė Mountain climbers get trapped in a mountain and itís a race against time to save them. But letís throw in a couple of twists. The first is that one of the rescuers is the brother, Peter (Chris OíDonnell), of one of the trapped, Annie (Robin Tunney). The second twist is that one of the rescuers, Montgomery (Scott Glen) has a vendetta against one of the trapped, Elliot (Bill Paxton).

How does this all come about? Well it just goes to show that people are stupid. First youíve got the prick Elliot. Heís a rich dude who already got people on an expedition killed when he wanted to climb K2, the second highest but more treacherous of all mountains. He wants to climb K2 again, enlists the "best" climber and then adds the "hottest" climber, Annie, to help him get up the mountain in time for his companies launching of their airline company. Peter winds up at the K2 base camp because his partner blew off his foot. But Peter and Annie have an incident in their past that separates them, namely Peter cutting the rope and sending their father plunging to his death. Alright, I gave that one away, but it was necessary for the synopsis. I promise, no more giving away surprises. Anyway, Elliot and his people begin the climb, the ground gives way into a crevasse, three of them are trapped, and Peter rounds up people for the search and rescue party, bringing in Montgomery because Peter knows that he knows the mountain almost like the back of his hand. Yee Haaaa! Letís climb a mountain and try to save some people!

Yes, the story is simple but youíre probably going to see this movie for the action, the suspense, and some pretty cool mountain climbing shots. You will get all of those and that is probably all that matters. The mountain action scenes are great, well, except for some of the facial close-ups where the mountain backdrop looks fake, there is lots of suspense, and there will probably be moments where you want to grasp your armrests. Just donít expect too much on the story side except to realize that Elliot is a rich prick who should deserve to die.

The movie wasnít as bad as I thought it might be, maybe mostly because I didnít expect too much. Some good action, cool mountain climbing scenes, and the comic element of Australian buddies. It could have been a worse movie, but all I can recommend is donít go into it expecting much. In the end itís 3 stars out of 5.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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