Film Review: The descent into hell
The Summit (12A, limited release, 95 minutes) Director: Nick Ryan. Stars: Christine Barnes, Ger McDonnell, Niall Foley, Pemba Gyalje Sherpa.HHHII
IN August, 2008, Limerick man Ger McDonnell was one of a group of climbers who set out to reach the summit of K2. He and ten others never returned, and this solid documentary from Nick Ryan attempts to piece together what happened with the help of some survivors.
When an avalanche devastated his team's descent, McDonnell seems to have stayed up to save as many climbers as he could. Visually spectacular at times, The Summit contains a few too many awkward acted reconstructions for its own good, but gives a powerful insight into what attracts people to mountain-climbing in the first place.