Vertical Limit

Factual error: Nitroglycerin does not react with sunlight, nor does it boil in sunlight.

Factual error: When the expedition is unloading from the helicopter, it shows a view of the lady with the helicopter blades about to cut her head off. It then shows a view of the helicopter, perfectly upright, and people are still jumping off! She then gets up and crawls to the rock wall, which in a full view you can see that it is at least 15 feet away from the edge. The helicopter blades follow her, perfectly parallel with the ground. It is physically impossible - the helicopter would have to be underground for this to happen.

Factual error: When Annie wants to use the Dexamethasone (glucocorticoid class of hormones produced by the adrenal glands), she takes the box out from her backpack. Climbers normally keeps it warm and close to their body.

Factual error: I don't think it's possible to get so much blood out of a dead body, as they do with McLaren. It's so freezing cold that he should have turned into an ice cube after a whole night at that altitude. Secondly a person who has been dead for a couple of hours does not bleed.

Factual error: When Chris O'Donnell is inside his tent talking on the radio with his trapped sister, they're talking like they're on the telephone, like if they can interrupt each other at will. On a radio, you can only hear the other guy after you've stopped talking. That conversation could never have taken place like that. Besides, they never press the "send" button.

Factual error: I'm a skydiver and when we fly above 20,000 feet it is mandatory to have oxygen masks on. Our friend Billy flies in at base camp at 23,000 feet, stays there for only 2 days and races off for the summit, without acclimatizing or wearing oxygen.

Factual error: When Annie finds the Dex in the backpack that she has just gotten from the ledge, she goes to give it to Tom immediately. It would have been frozen or extremely cold and unless warmed by her, it never would have come out of the syringe easily. (00:29:00 - 00:30:00)

Factual error: Throughout the movie they throw around their bags, shake them around and throw themselves onto them with the nitro strapped onto the bags. They should have got blown to pieces at least a dozen times. It's only when it's time to pour the nitro in the snow to blow a hole they are careful.

Factual error: When one of the crazy brothers and a Sudanese guy are climbing the mountain they come to a place where the Muslim guy starts praying. The way he prays is wrong. During a Muslim prayer your hands are raised to your ears for a few seconds and lowered again, but the guy keeps his hands raised and prays. Plus you cannot talk while you're praying or look away as the guy does to motion towards the nitro.

Factual error: When the photographers are hiding in the blind, shooting the bears, they have a table sitting behind them covered in extra gear. All the extra film that's sitting around is Kodak Max 400, a supermarket film, and nothing that a professional wildlife photographer would be using.

Factual error: There is no way Tom would be wearing an earring climbing the mountain with below zero temps. It would frostbite his ear in seconds once exposed to the cold. (00:32:00)


Continuity mistake: After his death, McLaren's body keeps changing position and his eyes appear open and closed during the scenes.


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Tom McLaren: We wouldn't be down here if it wasn't for you.

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Trivia: Ed Viesturs is a real climber and plays himself in the movie. This is his second appearance in a movie.


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Question: Can anyone tell me the name of all the themes that are used in the trailer?

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