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Vertical Limit

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Time Out says

Campbell knows how to make the best of vertiginous jeopardy, but second-rank stars and a contrived, over-plotted screenplay prove an insurmountable object to this amalgam of Cliffhanger and The Wages of Fear. There's an effective pre-credits attention grabber as we join siblings O'Donnell and Tunney on a family climbing expedition which slips into fatal tragedy, leaving the pair with a potent legacy of guilt. Years later, chance brings them together on the slopes of K2, where he's taking wildlife photographs and she's now a top climber assisting entrepreneur Paxton's publicity-seeking assault on the summit. Inevitably, her expedition lands in trouble, and O'Donnell must lead the effort to dig them out of the ice. At times, this is undeniably nail-chewing stuff, but when it'snot unleashing avalanches or dangling disposable supporting players over snowy precipices, the movie's found decidedly wanting.
Written by TJ

Release Details

  • Duration:124 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Martin Campbell
  • Screenwriter:Robert King, Terry Hayes
  • Cast:
    • Chris O'Donnell
    • Bill Paxton
    • Robin Tunney
    • Scott Glenn
    • Izabella Scorupco
    • Temuera Morrison
    • Stuart Wilson
    • Nicholas Lea
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