Aftershock: Everest and the Nepal Earthquake review – shocking use of real footage of the disaster

October 6, 2022
Jordan Lyon 12
Netflix, Streaming Service, TV Reviews
3.5

Summary

A gripping watch that is best when it shows real footage from the earthquake that left Everest and Nepal distraught in 2015. As a result, what follows is 3 episodes of decent television.

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3.5

Summary

A gripping watch that is best when it shows real footage from the earthquake that left Everest and Nepal distraught in 2015. As a result, what follows is 3 episodes of decent television.

This review of the Netflix documentary series Aftershock: Everest and the Nepal Earthquake does not contain spoilers.

This Netflix series Aftershock: Everest and the Nepal Earthquake explores how a devastating earthquake in 2015 led to thousands of deaths. Along the way, we learn of heartbreaking stories from the residents, rescuers, and tourists, all of whom were tragically a part of this traumatic disaster. First of all, with a first-hand account and actual footage from the earthquake, the docuseries does a great job of frightening the viewers with its storytelling. The opening shot is horrifying to watch. And you can only imagine the fear that went through those that experienced it.

Rather than just be a feature-length documentary, Aftershock: Everest and the Nepal Earthquake instead treats us to three episodes. One odd feature, though, is how the first episode runs at 38 minutes, yet the other two are close to an hour in length. It would have been nice had the episodes all been around the same length. Instead of blending all of the stories together, each episode focuses on a particular area. There are interviews with a number of people throughout the docuseries. And they include experts and mountain climbers.

Above all, it’s not the most pleasant of watches. Mainly because it’s so hard witnessing the horror that people went through during and after the earthquake. It puts a lot of things into perspectivel, and makes you thankful that you have never had to go through such an upsetting event. As the docuseries is three episodes, not every second of it is as riveting as other true docuseries. Finally, I feel that, as a result, it could have been done with just two hour-length episodes that blended the stories together. Even so, Aftershock: Everest and the Nepal Earthquake is a fascinating watch, and basically, it is worth investing nearly 3 hours of your time into this show.

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12 thoughts on “Aftershock: Everest and the Nepal Earthquake review – shocking use of real footage of the disaster

  • October 7, 2022 at 9:12 pm
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    I thought it was a great show to begin with, but it has been dramaticed for Western audances, Same bull different day. Let’s not get away from fact that s**t happens and then you die. It’s definitely a better way to look at life in the face and understand that you may be gone in two seconds time, than being scared of everything.
    Love you all, but please grow a pair

  • October 7, 2022 at 9:20 pm
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    It seems to be constantly be reafirming the fact that if you take a risk you get squashed. Not true, life squashes us all in the end even Methuselah. Without risk there is no reward

  • October 8, 2022 at 10:22 am
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    I thought it was thoroughly gripping, heartbreaking and moving. Who cares how long each episode is? It held its audience throughout.

  • October 9, 2022 at 10:57 pm
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    This docuseries is excellent. The scale of the disaster was immense – 9000 dead and 3.5 million homeless. The consequences on those that were tourists and climbers were far reaching but pale into insignificance when considering the Nepalis themselves. The series exhibited the best and the worst of humanity – the selfishness of the Israelis at Langtang was despicable. The reviews by Edward Raine above can be dismissed as inane ranting (mentioning Methuselah and “grow a pair” is insulting to the Nepali families who lost loved ones) – Kirsty Starkey is absolutely correct. Thoroughly recommend watching this series.

  • October 10, 2022 at 7:12 pm
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    Disgusting that Israeli hikers steel money from dead Nepal people

  • October 10, 2022 at 9:39 pm
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    Could not watch this past the part where they told about the woman who “died” conveniently when things were getting tough. I bet those israelis just coerced the others to leave her there “we’ll leave a blanket and tell someone in Langtang to come get her”.
    Absolutely disgusting.

  • October 11, 2022 at 1:57 am
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    Excellent documentary. Interesting portrayal of a few entitled, narcissists. One who stole the belongings of a family wiped out by the earthquake & another one who was going to continue his climb despite no matter what- never considering that he might trigger an avalanche or that someone trying to save him might die in the process. The spoiled who never told others he had a way to call for help…well, there’s always one jerk in the bunch.

  • October 11, 2022 at 3:51 am
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    In the interviews they feature a gangster, someone who “stabs people”, and they make him seem like a nice dude. wtf?

  • October 12, 2022 at 12:50 am
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    It’s the fact they only saved one person out the rubble and everyone was excited! Like they could’ve kept searching for people

  • October 13, 2022 at 5:03 am
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    Perhaps one of the best films I’ve ever seen. The engrossing cinematography, perfect pace and heartfelt portrayals of Mother Nature and human nature are superb.

  • October 18, 2022 at 11:09 pm
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    The version we watched was missing about 60% of needed subtitles. That seemed really disrespectful to the folks who were talking – like what they were saying wasn’t important.
    And the young men who took the money in Langtang Village, and only seemed to care about themselves, need to get some freaking empathy! I was pretty disgusted by them.

  • October 22, 2022 at 4:47 pm
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    If the israelis did ‘steal’ the money, way they show it for everyone? Why they didn’t hide it? It was an honest mistake. The film maker tries to create ‘bad’ characters on the one end, and ‘good’ characters on the other end. In fact, they all are human beings who are trying to do their best to survive.

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