A high-adrenaline tale of young climber Peter Garrett (Chris O'Donnell), who must launch a treacherous and extraordinary rescue effort up K2, the world's second highest peak.
Confronting both his own limitations and the awesome power of nature's uncontrollable elements, Peter risks his life to save his sister, Annie (Robin Tunney), and her summit team (Bill Paxton and Nicholas Lea) in a race against time.
The team is trapped in an icy grave at 26,000 feet – a death zone above the vertical limit of endurance where the human body cannot survive for long. Every second counts as Peter enlists the help of a crew of fellow climbers, including eccentric, reclusive mountain man Montgomery Wick (Scott Glenn), to ascend the chilling might of the world's most feared peak to save her.
- " Alternately generating adrenaline and ennui, Vertical Limit battles itself to a hard-earned draw. " – David Ansen
- " Caffeine and nitroglycerine power this special effects thriller. " – Marty Mapes
- " Engineered in every moment to keep you throttled on the edge of your seat, tense with acrophobic queasiness. " – James Kendrick