The Mountain Between Us stars Idris Elba and Kate Winslet and is directed by Hany Abu-Assad (Omar, Paradise Now). The director seems to work once every few years, and to be honest, the film did not leave me wanting to pursue any of his other works. Be it as it may, if you like either actor, I think this is an enjoyable film.

Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow-covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across the wilderness.


The story starts out with two people needing to get somewhere, but all flights that the airport they're at are getting canceled due to weather. They find a private charter who is willing to take them where they need to get, but this yahoo does not file a flight plan and pretty much just wings it.

But one thing leads to another and they crash into the snow-covered mountains, stranded in a broken husk of a plane, hoping to survive the chilly elements of winter. But we have two very different characters, one who grabs life and situations by the ...., while the other prefers plotting, planning and trying to be in control.


If you like mountain survival films, this one may not be the best in the lot. It's light on some gruelling details, while other plot points that are necessary for the final act come in somewhat late in the story.

What was interesting was that about 85% of the film takes place on the mountain, while the closing story plots take place off the mountain. I've seen the film referred to as a glorified Hallmark movie and to be honest, that might be harsh, but I'm trying to find a good argument against it and I can't.


It has Elba Idris and Kate Winslet. If you're fans of either, you may at least enjoy this flick if it comes to your pay channel lineup or what not. I hate dissing on a film with Elba in it, but I can't wave my arms about and go on about it, but it did not suck.

On IMDb it got 6.4/10 while the Rotten Tomatoes gang gave it a 40%. I'm leaning to a 6/10 on my own scale.

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