Vertical Limit the sanctity and value of human life is weighed.
There are examples of people who give their own life to save others.
Stories that show the incredible power of love
by SCOTT CRIPPS
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by Martin Campbell
Story by Robert King,
Screenplay by Robert King and Terry Hayes
O'Donnell .... Peter Garrett
Bill Paxton .... Elliot Vaughn
Robin Tunney .... Annie Garrett
Nicholas Lea .... Tom McLaren
Alexander Siddig .... Kareem
Scott Glenn .... Montgomery Wick
Izabella Scorupco .... Monique Aubertine
by Martin Campbell Robert King, Amy Lescoe (associate), Mike Medavoy
(executive), Marcia Nasatir, Phil Patterson (associate), Lloyd Phillips
Original music by James Newton Howard
Cinematography by David Tattersall
Film Editing by Thom Noble
PG-13 for intense life/death situations and brief strong language.
2. Three Years Later 3. I Need One More 4. Base Camp 5. You Wanna
Do This? 6. Spindrift 7. Avalanche 8. Your Father Was A Smart Man
9. Don't Touch Her 10. Maybe You Should Turn Back 11. Nitro 12.
Vaughn Decides 13. Annie And Peter 14. Peter's Jump/Tom's Heart
15. It's A Good Song
emotionally-charged action-adventure story, Vertical Limit is a high-adrenaline
tale of a young climber (Golden Globe nominee Chris O'Donnell) who
must launch a treacherous and extraordinary rescue effort up K-2,
the world's second highest peak, to save his sister (Robin Tunney,
End of Days) and her summit team in a race against time.
© Columbia Pictures
by SCOTT CRIPPS
Scott is married, has a little one on the way,
and is a youth pastor for Westview Baptist Church here Calgary,
Alberta, Canada. Movies are a large part of his life which he
enjoys with his wife.
Limit is an intense movie. It shows the beauty of the mountains,
the awesome power of nature and an unfolding human drama composed
of heroism, death and survival. Throughout Vertical Limit the sanctity
and value of human life is weighed and numerous difficult decisions
are made. Often times we hear of examples of people who give their
own life to save the lives of others, stories that show the incredible
power of love and sacrifice, stories that epitomize unselfishness
and raw displays of courage. Vertical
opening scene sets the stage and defines the issues that are dealt
with throughout the rest of the movie. In this scene Peter and Annie
Garrett are climbing with their father and are left dangling hundreds
of feet of the ground on the side of a cliff after a couple of amateur
climbers fall off and hit them on their way down. This is the first
time when the value of human life is weighed.
clamp holding the rope to the cliff is about to give way under the
weight of the three of them, therefore Peter is faced with the dilemma
of cutting the rope and letting his father fall to his death or
to wait and not cut the rope and risk having all three of them die.
After thinking it through and upon his father's urgings Peter cuts
the rope causing his Dad to fall to his death so he and Annie can
live. Limit is full of these types of stories.
forward a couple of years. Peter stops climbing and begins to work
for National Geographic while Annie becomes a world champion climber.
Neither of them has spoken since the tragedy and by chance they
happen to meet in Pakistan at the base camp for K2, the world's
second highest mountain. Annie is part of an expedition that is
sponsored by Elliot Vaughn, a billionaire who wants to get to the
top as a publicity stunt for his new airline.
two-thirds of the way up the weather takes a turn for the worst
and instead of heeding the advice of the base camp, Elliot forces
the team to press on. His pride ultimately leads to destruction
(Proverbs 16:18) and as the storm grows, Annie falls down a crevice
in the ice while the rest of the team gets swept off the mountain
by an avalanche. Fortunately for Elliot, he and the team leader
also fall into the crevice and as the avalanche passes over, they
time limit is now in place and a rescue mission is launched as Annie,
Elliot and the team leader have only 22 hours before the elements
kill them. Not wanting to lose another member of his family and
to make up for the loss of this father Peter and five others form
a team and to go back up to save his sister and the others.
Issues in Vertical Limit
counted at least ten times when someone in the film risked his or
her life to save someone else. There were no guns pointed at anybody
to force this sort of behavior events occurred and people simply
reacted to help others. Peter and Annie's father died to save them,
and numerous members of the rescue mission died while trying to
get to Annie. These all serve as a glimpse of what Jesus Christ
did for us. Peter and Annie's father showed his immense love for
his children in the same way Jesus Christ showed his love for us,
by dying so we might live.
The movie juxtaposes life and death constantly as often times a
simple rope is all the stands between one and the other. As humans
we have a rope that saves us from death and gives us life. "I tell
you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me
has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over
from death to life." (John 5:24) Jesus Christ has provided us all
with that rope, we just need follow his calling for us and reach
out and grab it.
pretty much everyone else in the movie displays positive character
traits, Elliot Vaughn represents evil and selfishness. It is because
of his pride that not only to many die in his current expedition,
but we learn that at least one other person died in a past attempt
at K2 because of him. Trapped in the cavern waiting for the rescuers
to come, Elliot sets up a timetable so that their rations will last
the three of them the longest. Tom, the third member trapped down
in the crevice beside Elliot and Annie is hurt and thus his chance
at survival is less than the others. Elliot therefore withholds
the DEX, a medicine that keeps your lungs from freezing and collapsing
from him and in fact goes as far as killing him so that their rations
and medicine is not wasted. "For where you have envy and selfish
ambition, there you will find disorder and every evil practice."
(James 3:16). Elliot is an excellent example of what happens when
you put yourself above and ahead of everything and everybody around
you. The Bible tells us that "blessed are the meek for they shall
inherit the earth," (Matthew 5:5) and that's standard to pursue.
is a beautiful scene in this movie that illustrates wonderfully
what Jesus' blood that he shed on the cross does for us. After Elliot
kills Tom down in the crevice an explosion from the nitroglycerine
opens up the top of the crevice. The opening is too small for Annie
and Elliot, but by filling a bag full of Tom's blood and hoisting
it through the opening it allowed the rescuers to find them and
save them. Tom's blood enabled Peter and the other rescuers to locate
them and to bring them life.
Jesus' blood that he shed on the cross does the same for us. It
enables God to find us and save us from our sins and what we really
the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in
Christ Jesus" (Romans 6:23). Jesus' blood covers the multitude of
sins that we have and imparts on us Jesus' righteousness, so that
we can have a relationship with God.
LIMITS AND CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP
Subject: Vertical Limit
Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2001
can see Vertical Limit as almost a modern-day parable of Luke 10:1-11,
when Jesus sends out folks in pairs to do his work, with nothing
Vertical Limit, the rescue team has to work in pairs. We need to
do this (but often don't) as Christian Disciples.
Vertical Limit, rescuers could only take what they could easily
carry. In Luke 10, Jesus tells the disciples to take very little.
And today, we should not take "baggage" with us as Christian Disciples.
Vertical Limit, the head of the rescue team puts pairs together
not by how comfortable they are with each other, but by pairing
a strong climber with a weaker one. In our Christian Discipleship,
we may also be able to get more done for God's Kingdom by becoming
paired in new ways where we can help each other.
see lots of parallels between this movie and bible story. Thanks
for your site!
NATURE AND PEOPLE
Date: Thu, 07 Jun 2001
Limit is a movie about people fights with nature and other people
at the same time. The storm had came unpredictable and fast, a group
of 6 have to face it and try to survive. the theme of this movie
will be that a person¡¦s real character shows only during the hardship
and therefore what people appear to be isn¡¦t necessary what they
really are. There were some great shots of the mountains, it started
from the bottom of the mountains to its top showed how powerful
the mountains were. The camera always predict what the character
will do next, for example, when they were asking if anyone wanted
to go with them, a shot was taken to a girl and her face has a impression
that she couldn¡¦t decide what she want to do. And the next shot
was that she is already waiting for them to go. But there is no
shot to predict what the nature will do next, b/c the director wants
to give viewers surprise and by doing that it makes the film mush
more intense and interesting. Elliot is the only bad guy in the
movie, he insisted to go on when the leader said no. And by this
we know that he will be the bad guy. A human¡¦s evilness is even
more dangerous than the nature, Elliot killed the leader of his
group even before the nature did. The most stand out scene was the
blood been splashed on the ice. The blood belonged to the leader
of the group like Jesus, He is the leader of the Christian body,
he shed blood for us so we could be saved and have eternal life.
OF MY SEAT
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2001
Have seen this one three times - put me on the edge of my seat -
in a safe place. I'm not usually a risk taker.... But I have always
enjoyed hero types, just like any other person. I would highly recommend
this movie, I took my parents. (I am 49). After watching the rough
walkin' and talkin' heros many might feel these peple were too laid
back but the humor, adventure and love portrayed here as well as
the idea that some subjects (ghosts of our past) are hard to face
- (we'd rather 'climb a mountain') - God is in control and He chooses
the time wisely when we must face our challenges and change our
AT THE VERICAL LIMIT
Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2000
From: D. L. Porter
frequent this site quite often and am glad for it. I saw Vertical
Limit, and agree with the review--however, there were a few points
that were not made (I know all of then cannot be covered). The movie
had several points where the aspects of reconciliation and forgiveness
were key. The storyline between the brother and the sister was about
seeking reconciliation and ultimately forgiveness. By the movie's
end, both had extended forgiveness: the sister to her brother for
her fathers death, and the brother to himself for the same reason.
Also, Montgomery Wick (Scott Glenn), who intends to kill Elliot
Vaughn (Bill Paxton) for his wife's death, in his own way, extends
forgiveness. Jesus teaches that we must forgive to be forgiven(Matthew
also liked the fact the Middle Eastern men in the movie were shown
in a good light, as giving and friendly, and not the terrorist that
hollywood have so often made then out to be.
D. L. Porter