THE SUMMIT FILM : OFFICIAL WEBSITE www.thesummitfilm.com The summit film is a feature length documentary that examines the most basic aspects of human nature placed at the mercy of Mother nature. In August, 2008, 18 mountain climbers reached the top of K2. 48 hours later, 11 people were dead. While memorials paid tribute to those killed, there were also c...The story of the deadliest day on the world's most dangerous mountain, when 11 climbers mysteriously perished on K2. Running Time: 95 min.
The absorbing documentary deftly tells the complex story about a tragic attempt climbing K2 in the Himalayas. Nick Ryan directs.
Eleven climbers perished, including seven who had reached the top and died on the way down. As presented in the compulsively watchable documentary "The Summit," the story of what took place up there is a complex and gut-clenching human drama that has the great advantage of all being true.
As directed by Nick Ryan and written by Mark Monroe, "The Summit" tells a multifaceted story that deals with more than the expected peril and exhilaration of adventure tales. Here you'll find love, fear and forgiveness, personality conflicts and cultural differences, even mysteries that have stubbornly resisted solving.
Because this is such a multi-sided story, Ryan has chosen to tell it in a variety of ways. There is stunning aerial color footage of K2 in all its majesty, actuality scenes shot in 2008 by the climbers, delicate and unobtrusive re-creations that are hard to tell from the real thing and extensive interviews with those who returned alive.
"The Summit" has been especially fortunate in these interviews. These "the bigger the dream, the bigger the risk" mountaineers are all articulate, vibrant people, great storytellers and remarkable in their ability to speak clearly about painful life-and-death events.