I viewed this film during a period of time when I was really into watching mountaineering documentaries. It falls somewhere in the middle of the pack. The center of the piece is that Whittaker has overcome a serious physical accident to attempt his climb of Everest. As mentioned by others the cinematography and narrative are lacking in quality and some cleanup work could really do wonders. Typical high points are covered along the way that so many Everest docs like to hit. Ultimately, I had a hard time feeling sympathy for Whittaker and found him at times coming across as disingenuous and his emotions forced. During his solo post summit monologue I was hit by the feeling of "who cares" because from the best I could surmise, no else on the expedition did either. And that unfortunately is the feeling I walked away from this film carrying.
Made me cry. If you think you cant do something watch this. This documentary is just full of inspiration and that inner voice starts crawling out from your mind, for each of us, saying, you can do this, you can face that, its determination and your gonna get out what you put in.
An honest and comprehensive look inside of the human heart and the Everest mystique by a guy we can all learn a lot from. Tom Whittaker is the model not of a disabled man, but of the determined climber who will succeed in anything--against heavy odds. Wonderful scenery and background for all things Everest. The only thing I thought could bear improving is the overly earnest, 1970s-type Walter Cronkite-esque narration. Pretty bad, but you forget about it as you delve farther into this engrossing tale.
So grateful that Tom made a documentary about living his dream- climbing Everest. Overcoming a challenge myself, this film made me resolve to not give up my dream in the face of a big change.Inspired! Everyone should watch this.
I love documentaries about Everest, and highly commend Tom on his accomplishment, however, this was a very poorly made documentary. They could take it now and clean it up post production and re-release it. Just a thought.