- Original title
- Running time
- 126 min.
- United States
Robet King, Terry Hayes
James Newton Howard
Steve Le Marquand,
Adventure | Mountain Climbing. Nature. Survival Film
- Synopsis / Plot
- An edge-of-your seat, emotionally-charged action-adventure story, VERTICAL LIMIT is a high-adrenaline tale of young climber Peter Garrett (Chris O'Donnell), 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 (Robin Tunney), and her summit team (Bill Paxton and Nicholas Lea) in a race against time.
Years before, brother and sister were devastated by a horrific climbing accident. Peter made a split-second decision to cut their father's rope to save his sister and himself. In the aftermath, Peter isolated himself as a nature photographer; Annie chased her father's dream to climb the world's highest peaks.
Now, she 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 (Scott Glenn), to ascend the chilling might of the world's most feared peak to save her.
: Nominated for BAFTA Awards: Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects
2000: Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards: Best Visual Effects
: Satellite Awards: Nominated Best Visual Effects
- Critics' reviews
"One of the most thrilling - and authentic - mountain-climbing films in recent memory"
Jonathan Foreman: New York Post
"Story and character development gets buried in an avalanche of illogical behavior and preposterous catastrophes"
Kirk Honeycutt: The Hollywood Reporter
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