- 16 Oct 17
Kate Winslet and Idris Elba charm their way through boring romance flick.
Based on Charles Martin’s novel, old-fashioned romance The Mountain Between Us is an oddly generic project for director Hany Abu-Assad, given his background in complex political drama (Paradise Now, Omar). When adventurous photojournalist Alex (Winslet) and cautious surgeon Ben (Elba) find themselves stranded in Salt Lake City Airport after a storm, the two decide to charter a plane together, because Romantic Movie Logic.
When their plane goes down and they find themselves stranded somewhere in the Rockies, they must struggle to survive the cold and the cougars – and presumably the knowledge that giving in to their sexually charged glances would lead to frostbite in some very awkward places.
Abu-Assad and cinematographer Mandy Walker capture the epic beauty of the mountains, and give an electric charge to the tense action sequences. Among the latter is the plane’s plummet to the ground, where Abu-Assad rotates the camera within the aircraft, before showing the cockpit POV to truly capture the spiralling terror.