Summit Fever: Review

Summit Fever: Review

Michael (Freddie Thorp) is a keen mountaineer enthusiast and has big ambitions, his friends all join him in that enthusiasm too and they convince him that it’s time to conquer the big three in the French Alps. The Matterhorn, The Eiger and Mont Blanc are some of the biggest mountains in the world and their plan is to go there and conquer them all.

However, whilst there Michael meets Isabelle (Mathilde Warnier) and a whirlwind romance begins which brings doubt into his mind as he knows the dangers of mountain climbing all too well.

Summit Fever is a drama set in the French Alps which brings together a group of mountaineers who are all looking to get to the top of the next big climb. Written and directed by Julian Gilbey, it seems that there’s a lot being promised on what could be an emotional and potentially action-packed drama set on some of the most dangerous terrains in the world.



Unfortunately, it seems that like Gilbey’s ambitions, his lead’s may have been too big of an ask, leaving the audience disappointed as most of the movie focuses on the romance off the precipice rather than the action in the snow.

However, another puzzling thing is when the audience is introduced to Leo (Ryan Phillippe) because for most viewers he may be the most recognisable face in the cast. So, if a production were to cast somebody like him then there may be certain expectations.

Although Phillippe’s on screen hasn’t exactly set the world on fire, it seems rather perplexing as to why he was cast at all considering his character is all but in the background. Leo turns out to be the embodiment of the phrase ‘I’ll be in my trailer’ as he gives Phillippe so little to do.

Then when the movie finally gets around to doing what it promised, the audience will realise what they came for. Moments filled with cliched heroics, meaningless deaths and a particularly sombre ending. Summit Fever doesn’t live up to the excitement of its name and without somebody like Phillippe to hold the audience’s attention, they may not make it to the peak either.


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