The Summit of the Gods

In 1924, two mountaineers, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, set out to be the first climbers to reach the top of Mount Everest. They never returned, leaving history to wonder if they ever succeeded.

This week’s film takes place 70 years later, when the young reporter Makoto suspects seeing Mallory’s camera in the hands of another climber. Hoping the camera’s film may answer the historic mystery of whether Mallory ever made it to the top, Makoto sets out to find the climber who now possesses the camera.

Before long, Makoto finds himself setting out on an expedition on Everest himself, trying to solve another mystery: why do certain adventurers feel compelled to push themselves to such deadly limits?

Based on a Japanese novel and manga, The Summit of the Gods explores themes of courage and discipline, while acknowledging the dangers of pushing oneself too far. Are such deadly challenges worth the risk? The story doesn’t deliver any pre-packaged answers, inviting viewers to draw their own conclusions. The film is rated PG, but includes some scary images and some moments of very intense drama, which may be more appropriate for older viewers.

This film is currently streaming on Netflix.

Runtime: 1 hour, 37 minutes
Rated PG
100% on Rotten Tomatoes
IMDb Parents Guide
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