Thursday, 12 October 2017

The Mountain between Us Film Review

I saw The Mountain Between Us this week, a soaring snowbound love story set in the epic wilderness. Directed by Hany Abu-Assad and starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet.


A forecast storm has cancelled all the flights to Denver and Alex and Ben both need to urgently get there. Ben to operate on a patient and Alex to her wedding. Private pilot Walter, played by Beau Bridges agrees to take them up in his twin engine, but they crash enroute at the top of the mountains. With the plane beacon disabled and no flight plan filed they are on their own. Except for Walter's dog.



Both are injured in the terrifying crash, but Ben with a couple of broken ribs manages to patch-up, and make a splint for Alex's fractured leg. But with limited inflight food he sets off to scout where they are.

An inquisitive cougar adds variety to the almonds, cookies and apples, but Alex finally convinces Ben that nobody is coming to find them, and they have to get themselves down the mountain to safety. Her struggle is hard work in the vastness but the filming was so beautiful in the snow. Fortunately Alex with her camera spots something glinting in the distance which could mean civilisation. If they can only get down to the tree line.

Ben eventually discovers it's a cabin, but in a heart stopping moment Alex falls through nearby ice. He hears her scream and manages to reach her and pull her out. Idris Elba sweeping Kate Winslet up was certainly something to make the heart flutter. Now safe in the warm cabin they can afford to let their survival guards down, and start to feel thawing emotions. But with two cans of soup the ordeal isn't over, and they have to journey on. And just as you feel that they must surely reach some form of safety they collapse utterly exhausted. Thank god for the dog who pulls Ben awake. But even then the mountain isn't finished with them.

Of course the big overriding question of the movie is whether the emotions that they experienced when they were alone on the mountain were real, or just basic survival having to rely on another to live. And I think they find the answer. And although I found the film more an action adventure than romance, the leads are strong enough to carry the ending.


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