The Dark Side of Everest
Baltasar Kormakur's Everest — in all its 3-D IMAX glory — is a thrilling, heart-pounding work of fiction based on the tragic events on the mountain in 1996. But since the film's release, viewers have contested the story's accuracy, with the director defending his choices as necessary in order to create the dramatic tension he needed. It's a classic tale of a biopic not necessarily following history. For those interested in the facts, the National Geographic Channel produced a testimony-filled documentary, The Dark Side Of Everest, which analyzes the 1996 tragedy, and also explores the five decades of climbers taking on the perilous journey to the top of the world.