Review: The Mountain Between Us

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Title: The Mountain Between Us
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Starring: Idris Elba, Kate Winslet, Dermot Mulroney
Runtime: 1 hr 52 mins

What It Is: Ben Bass (Elba) and Alex Martin (Winslet) are grounded from their flights by an incoming snow storm. They end up chartering a private plane last minute. Ben needs to be at the hospital for a surgery the next day and Alex is getting married that same day. While up in the air, the pilot has a stroke and the plane ends up crashing. Trapped in the wilderness with only each other, Ben and Alex must do anything they can to survive the harsh weather.  It is a story of survival and how far the human spirit can be pushed to overcome such infinite obstacles.

What We Think: The movie delivered two good performances from Elba and Winslet as expected, but overall the movie fell flat near the final third of the movie. The trailer makes the movie look one way, but the movie turns out being something else. Overall the performances of the two actors carried the movie. It was nice to see such chemistry on screen, but as mentioned the final third fell short of what I was expecting from the movie.

Our Grade: C, The final act of the movie is so cheesy that I cannot give the movie a higher grade. The acting from Winslet and Elba in the first two-thirds of the movie is why my grade is as high as it is. Overall I expected more from the film based on the trailer and was surprised at what I ended up getting. Sad because the trailer made this movie out to have some strong potential and I had higher hopes for this film.  The movie is far from a “must see.”

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