Today we got new trailers for two upcoming 3D movies based on true stories of astonishing feats. Everest is about a 1996 climbing expedition up the titular peak. The Walk is about a 1974 tightrope act between the Twin Towers. Both dramas may remind us of more recent disasters – Everest about the Nepal earthquake, which wiped out a larger number of climbers via avalanche, and The Walk of 9/11, when those towers fell. Everest also has a tragedy within, as the events it chronicles left numerous climbers dead during a severe storm.
The above trailer for Everest, interestingly enough, features a sequence where Josh Brolin has to walk a narrow ladder between two towering cliffs. If only the below trailer for The Walk included a character looking at a sonogram. There are definitely differences between the stories in these movies. One is about a feat that happens all the time nowadays, while the other is about an achievement that nobody else has pulled off since. Not that a lot of people climb Everest, or high mountains at all, so they’ll be of equal thrill to many.
Everest is based on the events of the nonfiction bestseller “Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster,” by Jon Krakauer (played in Everest by House of Cards star Michael Kelly) which previously spawned a 1997 TV movie titled Into Thin Air: Death on Everest and the 2007 documentary Remnants of Everest: The 1996 Tragedy (aka Storm Over Everest). The Walk more familiarly revisits Philippe Petit’s book “To Reach The Clouds,” which previously spawned the Oscar-winning doc Man on Wire.
I’ve seen a lot of bad buzz on The Walk following the release of the new trailer due to Joseph Gordon Levitt’s portrayal of Petit, specifically for his French accent. But I think it’s less distracting than how little Levitt looks like Petit. Maybe I’m just more accustomed to the real thing, given that Man on Wire is one of my favorite films of all time. I’m still very much looking forward to the remake. And Everest. Both trailers promise something unlike we’ve ever seen before, and besides the irony there, I understand what they mean.
Everest, which is directed by Balthasar Kormakur (The Deep) and also stars Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke, Robin Wright, Emily Watson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sam Worthington and John Hawkes, reaches theaters on September 15th.
The Walk, which is directed by Robert Zemeckis (Flight) and also stars Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz and Steve Valentine, arrives October 2nd.