Starring: Idris Elba, Kate Winslett, Beau Bridges, Dermot Mulroney
Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Release date: 6th October 2017
Ben (Idris Elba) is a neurosurgeon, and Alex (Kate Winslett) is a journalist. One day whilst both strangers are in the airport and waiting to get on the same plane, the news comes in that a massive storm is approaching and all flights are grounded. The two forlorn travellers end up chatting and the decision is made to charter a small plane to get them both to their destination. They fork out a load of cash to an old pilot (Beau Bridges) and he agrees to fly them. The trio and a Labrador board the plane and the journey begins. There’s some banter between the miss-matched trio but soon unfortunately there is a disastrous medical emergency which sends the plane into a spiral. Panic ensues and the plane crashes into the ice and snow. Sometime later, Ben comes to and finds the pilot dead and Alex is seriously injured. His medical training kicks in and he patches Alex up as best that he can. With the elements against them and no hope of rescue, can the pair survive?
A story of determination, survival and the connection between two strangers, ‘The Mountain Between Us’ is a rollercoaster of a movie. It helps a lot when you like the actors in a film, and I think the chemistry between the two characters is pretty good. Kinda weird that Idris manages to keep his British accent and Kate is American but that’s probably just the way these things go. Would have been a bit unbelievable if they’d both had British accents.. Ben leaves no doubt that he is the stronger character of the two, and Alex doesn’t do a lot really. I definitely think that Alex would have been in serious trouble had Ben been more injured. It was a bit convenient that he only had a few scratches and a small flesh wound to the abdomen.
I really enjoyed ‘The Mountain Between Us’ but I just felt it was a tiny bit predictable in places. The plane crash itself though makes you feel like you’re actually in the plane with them. There’s also the ‘obligatory’ shower scene for all the Idris Elba fans.
I’m not exactly sure what the target audience is for this movie but I’d say it will appeal to a large enough demographic. Is it wrong that I can’t watch Idris Elba now without thinking of him in the Sky TV ads? I’m sure I’m not the only one experiencing this. Seriously though, it’s a really great movie that will keep you entertained from start to finish. A love story of sorts, that makes you think about what you might do should you ever be in that crazy situation yourself. Give it a watch and see what you think!