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A climber must rescue his sister on top of K2, one of the world's biggest mountains.

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A high-adrenaline tale of young climber Peter Garrett, who must launch a treacherous and extraordinary rescue effort up K2, the world's second highest peak. Confronting both his own limitations and the awesome power of nature's uncontrollable elements, Peter risks his life to save his sister, Annie, and her summit team in a race against time. The team is trapped in an icy grave at 26,000 feet - a death zone above the vertical limit of endurance where the human body cannot survive for long. Every second counts as Peter enlists the help of a crew of fellow climbers, including eccentric, reclusive mountain man Montgomery Wick, to ascend the chilling might of the world's most feared peak to save her. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Rated PG-13 for intense life/death situations and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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$75,000,000 (estimated)

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£1,903,014 (UK) (19 January 2001)

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ESP 1,114,069,706 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Montgomery Wick's name is an obvious reference to Thomas Montgomerie and Jim Wickwire. Montgomerie discovered K2, and Jim Wickwire was the first American to climb K2. Wickwire also lost several toes on the mountain, similar to the character Montgomery Wick. See more »

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When pulling people out of crevasses, mountaineers are unlikely to just pull the rope with both hands (especially as their hands are freezing cold), since any mistake will result in the victim falling back and sustaining more injuries. (Incidentally, this is what happens in the movie quite frequently and contributes to the suspense). What they would do instead is use their accessory cords and carabiners to create a "mechanical advantage" system, and slowly lift the victim towards the lip of the crevasse in a controlled manner. See more »

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Peter: You're gonna kill him.
Montgomery Wick: My wife died of edema. Stripped the skin from her throat, her lungs filled with water. She drowned in her own bodily fluids. Yeah, I'm gonna kill him.
Peter: I can't let you do it.
Montgomery Wick: Peter, do you know where you are? Above 24,000, you're at the vertical limit, you're already dying. Look at you. You can hardly stand. If you think you can stop me, go ahead.
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Entertaining Mountain Climbing Film
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Usually I do not care very much for mountain climbing films as they usually have a very similar plot. This film had plenty of action with Helicopters flying all over the place and horrible snow storms and also entrapment in caves deep under tons of snow and ice. The film starts out with a father, son and daughter adventuring up a steep mountain during a very sunny day and having a wonderful time with each other. Their father was a very experienced climber and all of a sudden a tragic situation happens and a horrible life or death decision had to be made within seconds. There is lots of scary scenes and plenty of explosions and more action than you can handle.


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