Vertical Limit
Entertainment: +2 1/2
Acceptability: -2

After a traumatic mountain-climbing accident involving the death of his father, Peter Garrett (Chris ODonnell) decides to give up mountain climbing for good. However, three years later, his sister Annie (Robin Tunney)finds herself at the top of the climbing world no pun intended. When Texas billionaire Elliot Vaughn (Bill Paxton) asks Annie to take him to the top of K2, the worlds second tallest mountain, she quickly agrees. Once on the mountain though, potentially deadly weather closes in on the climbers, and an avalanche strands them in a deep crevasse. Their only hope is, what looks like, a suicidal mission led by Peter and resident mountain expert Montgomery Wick (Scott Glenn). Without even knowing the Annies exact location, the rescuers set out on a time-critical mission full of more surprises than anyone would expect at 26,000 feet. The expansive mountain vistas and the quick-paced intensity of VERTICAL LIMIT will appeal to people looking for exciting, vicarious thrills.

Sitting on the Pakistan/China border in the Himalayan range, the real K2, over 28,000 feet above sea level, challenges even the most experienced of climbers. Being an action movie, some violent content occurs, but nothing particularly graphic or severe. In one scene, a woman breaks her finger, which is shown bent in a very awkward fashion. Much of the violence takes place as people either fall from cliffs or get thrown around by various explosions. One of the climbers is portrayed as Muslim and shown praying in one scene. Another climber is also shown as religious, yet his particular faith is never revealed. Some discussions about the existence of hell and wisdom from the Koran, Islams holy book, occur in scenes with the Muslim character. Most come off as neutral discussions people might have about a different religion. A mild sexual innuendo references a female climber and a scene for comic relief, featuring near nudity, shows two male climbers sunbathing au natural. Foul language use, however, includes a few strong profanities and several obscenities along with numerous crudities. Its primarily obscene and profane vocabulary that lowers the moral bar of VERTICAL LIMIT.

Preview Reviewer: John Adair
Distributor: Columbia Pictures, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

Crude Language: Many (14) times Mild 10, moderate 4
Obscene Language: Several (9) times - F-word 1, s-word 3, other 5
Profanity: Few (3) times Regular (GD 1, J 1, JC 1)
Violence: Many times Mild and moderate (people fall from mountain, man breaks leg, pushing/shoving, people tumbled by avalanche, woman falls into deep crevasse, woman punches man, badly broken finger shown, explosion throws man, man stabbed, men fall down deep hole)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: Near nudity - Twice (cleavage emphasized, men sunbathe nude - nothing explicit shown)
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Once (reference to sexual desire)
Drug Abuse: Several times (cigarette smoking, alcohol)
Other: Man urinates; character goes to any length to save himself; short conversation about religious beliefs/ existence of hell, people give themselves injections, Muslim character shown praying
Running Time: 120 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Adults

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