Thursday, September 06, 2001

Vertical Limit (2000)

Vertical Limit (2000) [dir. Martin Campbell]

Biospoilers
Fictionalized "trapped on" Mt. Everest. Why filmmakers should stay away from animals (or bless the SPCA): Okay, maybe that's a bit strong, but the whole idea of Biospoilers is to point out how, even in the most obsessive quest for accuracy by filmmmakers somehow the natural world is always completely dismissed. So, let's ignore the likelihood of a raptor at 25,000 feet in the Himalayas (feeding on what? snow lizards?), and let's ignore that the filmmakers apparently thought a Golden Eagle would make a good subject for hunting the snowmass. Let's just focus on the amazing and breathtaking views of the world's most fantastic rocks, until, what's this affording our aerial view? An eagle, no, the most ludicrously fake animatronic "raptor" of all time. From that opening sequence it was impossible for me to watch the movie without some "what the hell could be next" smirk. And sure enough, off the biospoiler beaten track, ol' Deus ex Machina shows up over and over. So outside of the flea-bitten taxidermy passing for an eagle, the movie was just plain lousy.

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