The Mountain Between Us 15

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DIRECTOR Hany Abu-Assad
CAST Kate Winslet, Idris Elba, Beau Bridges, Dermot Mulroney

Kate Winslet and Idris Elba play two strangers who must bond together in order to survive after a plane crash leaves them stranded on a snow-covered mountain.

A gripping romantic adventure about two strangers, a cautious surgeon (Idris Elba) and an adventurous journalist (Kate Winslet), who are stranded in the Rockies after their charter plane crashes. The pair must learn to rely on each other to survive the extreme elements and make it down from the snow-covered mountain to safety. Shot in the majestic wilderness of Western Canada and engagingly acted by its star leads, the film contrasts the terrifying beauty of the landscape with the fragility of two people struggling to endure it.
(2017 USA 112 mins)

Abu-Assad has both a lightness of touch and a visceral sense of place, grounding his romance in the rough splendors of the great outdoors while inserting enough humor to keep things cheerful… What really helps Mountain overcome its far-fetched scenario is the pairing of Winslet and Elba, who know how to turn up the charm tenfold yet make Alex and Ben seem like real people… Credit is also due to cinematographer Mandy Walker (Hidden Figures), who captures the breathtaking settings (the film was shot in Canada) with widescreen compositions that plunge us into the middle of an endless snowy paradise. In fact, everything looks so good that you don’t really want Alex and Ben to make it out, although the more they seem to be falling for one another, the more chances they seem to have. In the words of Gloria Gaynor: “As long as I know how to love, I know I’ll stay alive.”  Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

BBFC advice: Contains moderate threat, sex, infrequent strong language
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