After an incoming storm forces the cancellation of her flight to New York, talented photojournalist Alex Martin finds herself stuck in Idaho the night before her wedding. Scrambling to make it home in time, she hits upon a longshot idea and charters a plane to Denver in the hopes of catching the red-eye to New York that same night. Another stranded passenger, Ben Bass, a skilled British neurosurgeon due back on the East Coast to perform a critical, life-saving operation, tunes out his own misgivings about the plan and joins her. As Alex and Ben fly ahead of inclement weather in a small Piper two-seater, their pilot suffers a massive stroke, and the small craft crashes in the deep snows of the Uinta Mountains in northeastern Utah. Trapped in the remote region with little hope of rescue, the two weary travelers embark on a terrifying and transformative pilgrimage across the unforgiving reaches of the vast, rugged terrain, fighting against the elements, animals and time. Under the most extreme circumstances imaginable, they gradually learn to trust one another, and a powerful connection grows between them—one that will reshape the course of their lives.
What We Thought:
The Mountain Between Us is very lucky it has Idris Elba and Kate Winslet in it because without them it would be just another uninspired trapped/survivalist movie we’ve seen a thousand times before. Two strangers get on a private plane that crashes without anyone knowing where they are. These strangers must survive together!
The movie really is as generic as that sounds. Winslet gets hurt in the crash, but the dreamy Elba just happens to be a doctor! She’s a journalist and wants to leave because she’s full of adventure! Mountains be damned, they can make it! Plus they have a dog who isn’t theirs that they call Dog!
Both Winslet and Elba are talented actors who make the movie at least watchable. It’s as unoriginal as they come, but at least you don’t mind watching them. You know exactly what will happen to them and between them and I was hoping for something different. It’s a giant “Will They/Won’t They” and you can already answer that question without seeing it. I was hoping they’d end up dead or something original that could bring two award winning actors to a movie like this. But alas…
For a movie with two big named stars in it, there is zero buzz for The Mountain Between Us. Having seen the movie I understand why. Maybe it’s based on a true story, I don’t know and I don’t care enough to look it up. It will be forgotten as soon as it arrives.
Cast & Crew:
- Idris Elba
- Kate Winslet
- Beau Bridges