I have had a lifelong fear of heights (though, strangely enough, not a fear of flying in planes). But I take great pleasure in vicarious experiences of the same — and a new documentary about a mountain-climbing expedition up K2 genuinely fills the bill. K2, on the border between Pakistan and China, is not quite as high as Mount Everest, but it is said to be much more difficult to climb. The documentary, K2: Siren of the Himalayas, doesn’t really explore the personalities of the climbers in any great depth, and only hints at why anyone would expend such great effort, at such great risk (many more people have died climbing it than have died on Everest), to reach the summit of this mountain; but an answer may lie in the sheer devastating beauty of the visuals in this film. The climbers viewed amazing sights, and they brought back something worthwhile — something worth seeing on as big a screen as possible.
K2: Siren of the Himalayas opens in New York City tomorrow.