If you have any aversion to snow or cold weather, the new film “The Mountain Between Us” may be a challenging film to endure. If you can cast your disdain for cold weather aside, the film offers plenty of thrills. The film is best described as a romance survival adventure film, so if you like any or all of the aforementioned genres, then you are set. The film stars Idris Elba as Dr. Ben Bass, a surgeon, and Kate Winslet as photojournalist Alex Martin, who meet at an airport after their flight is canceled due to bad weather. Alex is trying to get to her wedding the next day, and Ben is trying to get home to perform an important operation. When Alex overhears Ben’s plight, she convinces him to join her on a uncharted flight, piloted by Walter (Bea Bridges). The duo board the plane along with Walter’s pet dog and head out of Utah.
Despite the pending snow storm, all is well until Walter becomes sick and the plane crashes on the top of a mountain. Ben, Alex and the dog survive the crash, but Alex has been badly wounded. The trio use part of the plane as shelter from the bad weather but soon realize after much debate they must leave the shelter of the crashed plane and make the perilous journey down the mountain. Because Alex has a badly wounded leg, the journey proves extra challenging for her. The duo and the dog continue their journey down the mountain and are able to stop, take shelter and start a fire when they can. Eventually they run across an abandoned house and can finally take shelter. Thankfully this spot of good luck happens just after Alex experiences a life threatening accident. While in the house, Ben is able to nurse Alex back from the brink of death, so they can hopefully begin their journey once more. Along their perilous journey Ben and Alex have come to depend on one another so much their bond leads to love. Thus “the mountain between them” at the beginning of the film has dissipated. However, when the duo and dog make it back to civilization, reality sets in, and they must deal with the lives they had prior to the crash.
I will reveal no more in case you haven’t read the novel by the same name, less to spoil the ending. I must say no two characters have endured more to survive in the wilderness this side of Leonardo DiCaprio in his film “The Revenant”. Director Hany Abu-Assad (“The Idol”) does a masterful job in keeping us on the edge of our seats watching the two characters attempt to survive every type of challenge thrown their way. The two lead actors are marvelous in their respective roles, and have effective onscreen chemistry. If you are ever stranded in the wilderness it certainly pays to have a doctor with you like Elba, along with a character like Alex who displays a steely determination for survival. “The Mountain Between Us” provides a perfect mix of thrills and romance, and was thoroughly entertaining, but it will not give you a newfound love for snow or cold temperatures.