|Directed by||:||Hany Abu-Assad||Produced by||:||Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, David Ready||Based on||:||The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin||Starring||:||Idris Elba, Kate Winslet||Production company||:||Chernin Entertainment, Fox 2000 Pictures||Country||:||United States|
The Mountain Between Us almost has a hypnotizing quality to it, with so many impressive parts operating within a machine that doesn't really doesn't function properly.
Kate Winslet and Idris Elba are unquestionably two of the brightest stars that the industry has. They are impressively consistent, and always compelling, and have demonstrated great range. To their credit, they live up to their reputations in director Hany Abu-Assad's The Mountain Between Us, and deliver performances expected of their caliber, however, they entirely carry what is otherwise a shockingly dull survival romance.
The material comes from the novel of the same name and has been adapted by Chris Weitz and J. Mills Goodloe -- starting off finding Alex (Kate Winslet) and Ben (Idris Elba) in crisis mode at an Idaho airport. The former, an adventurous photojournalist, is trying to get home in time for her wedding; and the latter, an introverted neurosurgeon, is trying to get to Baltimore in time for a life-saving surgery, but both are halted by cancelled flights. Recognizing their shared conundrum, they team up to get a charter plane that can get them past the storm, but things get truly disastrous when the pilot (Beau Bridges) has a stroke mid-flight and they crash high in the mountains.