Just finished up The Mountain Between Us. I'm going to admit right off that I'm a sucker for a good wilderness survival flick. Usually we see some dudes or what have you, so the man-woman angle was intriguing to me.
Not knowing a lot about this film, it stars Idris Elba and Kate Winslet as two strangers desperately needing to get back to New York City. With a storm on the horizon, they enlist the help of an older, small engine airplane pilot who flies without any sort of flightplan because he flew choppers in Vietnam.
Yeah, so along with the geezer pilot and his trusty dog, our strangers embark on their flight. Not long into their adventure and Winslet's character is quite grating on the nerves. Fear not though because this plane is going down.
Elba and Winslet who are very fine actors have almost zero chemistry here. Hell, they have better chemistry with the dog who survives than with themselves. While they aren't using up precious oxygen by telling stories, they are bickering like a married couple.
Half of the way into their fight for survival, Ben catches Alex going through his personal biz while he is out trying to find them food. From there on she begs for his backstory and they get intimate. I mean if ya gotta go, go with a bang right?!?! This story went from survival to soap opera real quick and was unconvincing every sludge of the way. Corny dialogue and by the end I was just rooting for the dog to make it.
Do yourself a favor, put a mountain between you and this one.
My Score: 3/10. 2 for the actors and 1 for the cinematography.
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