No, this isn’t a sequel to the bland Space Between Us, what we got here is a survival movie with two talented, attractive actors that everybody seems to be fans of, and it’s not even worth mentioning? The Mountain Between Us doesn’t become one of those movies that make you wanna stand on a stranded mountain instead of watching this, but a lot could’ve been handled well here. Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now, Omar) took liberties to adapt Charles Martin’s 2011 novel about two strangers who must help each out of this dire situation.
What’s the Story?: Stranded on a mountain after their plane crash, neurosurgeon Ben Bass (Idris Elba) and photojournalist Alex Martin (Kate Winslet) must depend on each other to get to safety on a journey realizing that nobody knows they’re missing.
First the good: Even when the movie is falling apart, it’s the performances of both Elba and Winslet’s that kept the movie a little watchable. Both of them are two of some of my favorite actors of all-time, and it’s a shame that they are wasted with the little material that they are given in when they actually have some good chemistry between them. They get to know each other more and they dependant on each other. It has beautiful mountain cinematography shot by Mandy Walker, and the first act, at least, had a good pace.
For a survival story, it’s very middle of the road that doesn’t have anything exciting to say about itself. The sequence of when the plane was about the crash was kinda riveting. After that, it explains that Ben, Alex and the pilot’s dog been stay put inside the airplane with little foot supply for about a week before they can actually find a path to civilization.
And I didn’t even know that this was also supposed to be a love story. Sure, it may seem like there’s gonna be a connection between Ben and Alex, but there wasn’t any realization because the romance felt forced upon them when it’s just been the two of them the entire time. Did I mention that Alex was getting married the next day? Because that’s the reason she needed the flight the next day. And it ends with the cheesiest ending of the year.
It didn’t even take a lot of stakes when taking this journey together. There’s an incident with a cougar and Alex falling through the ice, but other than that, them depending on each other just doesn’t work that much.
For a survival tale, it failed. For a survival romance, it didn’t work at all. Not so that this becomes close to anything Nicholas Sparks would’ve written for a novel, but The Mountain Between Us just wasn’t engaging enough to truly feel any emotions for these characters in the direst of situations that could happen to anybody.
The Mountain Between Us didn’t have an impactful story to tell in this survival romance wasting good performances from Elba and Winslet, respectively. Grade: C