Everest | Movie Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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The son of a man who climbed Mount Everest in 1953 is determined to follow in his father's footsteps, and this Omnimax account of his journey with two colleagues and several assistants and photographers smoothly combines first-person storytelling with the virtual-reality aspects of special-format filmmaking. It's filled with gently drawn characters, breathtaking scenery, and gripping suspense; picture-in-picture and other attention-getting editing and cinematographic techniques are deftly blended with a sparing narration (delivered by Liam Neeson) and extensive sound bites from the climbers. This thrilling, thought-provoking story proves that sensation, drama, history, and science can be marvelously combined in Omnimax--a format that's usually used for something more like an amusement-park ride or video game than a movie. Museum of Science and Industry, 57th Street at Lake Shore Drive, Friday through Thursday, May 22 through 28, 773-684-1414.

--Lisa Alspector

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): film still.

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