It’s the templated disaster movie a.k.a The Towering Inferno and Airport. Spend the first half of the film introducing the main players (and it’s quite some cast – Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Emily Watson, Keira Knightley et al) followed by the edge-of-the-seat thrills as the group battle the storm to get down from the Everest peak.
But like those earlier 1970s features, it just does not work. The characters are so thinly sketched they are only moderately engaging. And by the time disaster hits, it’s somewhat underwhelming and uninvolving. The result is an ultimately dull film.