(out of 5)
Great fun from Goldeneye director Martin Campbell that offers North American audiences another glimpse of Campbell’s Bond girl Izabella Scorupco. Chris O’Donnell is a mountain climbing expert whose desire to conquer peaks is halted by his father’s accidental death somewhere in what looks like a simulated mountain climbing set stuck in the middle of Death Valley. Robin Tunney is the sister with whom he has a convoluted relationship following the tragedy; when she is stuck on top of K2 on a publicity trip with corporate megalomaniac billionaire Bill Paxton (see review for U-571) O’Donnell has to round up a crew of people to help rescue her. What seems like a run-of-the-mill, predictable action film actually is one, but the fantastic stunts, frenetic pace and very healthy sense of adventure make it fun.
Directed by Martin Campbell
Cinematography by David Tattersall
Music by James Newton Howard
Production Design by Jon Bunker
Costume Design by Graciela Mazon
Film Editing by Thom Noble