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Everest: Jason Clarke prepares the team for the journey ahead

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Based on a true story, Baltasar Kormákur’s epic Everest follows the disastrous journey of two expeditions to Mount Everest’s summit in 1996. In the face of heart-stopping challenges and impossible weather conditions, the adventurers must rally in order to reach the top – or at least to stay alive. In one of a series of new clips from the film, Krakauer (House of Cards‘ Michael Kelly) asks the million-dollar question: Why are they all needlessly risking their lives to climb a mountain?

The ensemble film, starring Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Emily Watson, Keira Knightley, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, and Sam Worthington, is set to kick-off the Venice Film Festival this week. (The production filmed some of the climbing scenes in the Italian Alps.)

Everest debuts in U.S. theaters in IMAX 3-D and premium-large format 3-D screens on Sept. 18, and will be released in standard 2-D and 3-D screens on Sept. 25.

Check out the clips below for what audiences can expect, and for more on the film, including how Brolin overcame his fear of heights during filming, head here

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