Expert mountain climber Gabe (Sylvester Stallone) retires after witnessing a tragic accident which cost the life of one of his friends. Wounded emotionally, Gabe takes a year away from climbing but is soon forced to climb again after he receives word of stranded members stuck on a mountain during a snowstorm. The only catch is the stranded people are bad guys who are seeking cash which has fallen from a hijacked aeroplane.
Gabe will soon have to defend himself while trying to stop these people at all costs. With little support from the ground, Gabe will need to use his skills and wits to survive the day on the mountains.
Cliffhanger is a very entertaining action film which I usually compare with the “Die Hard” franchise. Stallone takes the lead with a likeable character, and I found myself cheering him on as he tries to survive. The film also manages to deliver many surprising moments in regards to the plot. At most times, the film is unpredictable. John Lithgow plays our main villain, and at times I feel he steals the show. With his evil one-liners, he was perfectly cast as the film’s villain. Other villains in this film are slightly cliche.
Recently I purchased this film on 4K, and honestly it’s the best I’ve ever seen this movie, having owned this film on Bluray and DVD. The restoration of this film on 4K is magical. Visuals are strong, but the film’s audio track won me over very easily. The film’s score and sound effects are full, with wind, helicopters and bullets all packed nicely onto the disc. While rewatching this film, I found myself smiling, having a good time, and that’s the type of movie this is. It’s popcorn entertainment which should be shared with your friends.
Overall, I’m proud to reveal to you that Cliffhanger is one of my guilty pleasures when it comes to fun, brainless action and entertainment. The action is enjoyable, and the film’s plot has plenty of twists and turns, keeping it exciting until the credits roll. If you’ve never seen it, be sure to go out and buy the 4K disc today.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden