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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$15,507,845 (USA) (8 December 2000)

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ESP 1,114,069,706 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Martin Campbell's 3rd collaboration with Stuart Wilson, whom he had previously worked with on "No Escape" and "The Mask of Zorro" and Martin Campbell's 2nd collaboration with Izabella Scorupco, whom he worked with on "GoldenEye". See more »

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When Monique is near the avalanche, she's already down on a ledge under the cliff edge and is no longer hanging by her ice ax. Thus, she isn't dislodged by the avalanche. See more »

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Monique: Cyril! Cyril, are you there? Cyril! Damn it, you answer me!
Cyril Bench: Nag, nag, nag. They always bloody nag.
Monique: You're sick.
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Spoofed in Robbie the Reindeer in Legend of the Lost Tribe (2002) See more »

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Too unconvincing to enjoy.
2 July 2001 | by (California) – See all my reviews

It's not the painfully thin story line, predictable plot or shallow stereotypical characters featured in this movie. It's not even the constant stream of amazingly improbable events, which give you the feeling the director hopelessly underestimated the reasoning abilities of his audience.

What left me disappointed and even a bit annoyed after seeing "Vertical Limit" is the absolute and total failure of this movie to capture any of the real thrill, excitement and hardship involved in scaling the world's second highest mountain.

Books like Jon Krakauers' "Into thin Air" and movies like David Breashears' "Everest" prove that you don't need helicopter rotor blades threatening to dismember climbers or unstable nitroglycerine that explodes if exposed to sunlight to create an exciting story. When Martin Campbell decided to deny the audience any sense of the real technical, physical and emotional challenges of climbing K2, and therefore had to resort to action-movie style heroes, villains and explosions, he left behind a movie too unconvincing, for me to enjoy.


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