Thanks to 20th Century Fox, we had the chance to see ‘The Mountain Between Us’ before its national release. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!

Kate Winslet and Idris Elba star in The Mountain Between Us based on the novel of the same name. After the cancellation of a flight two strangers (Elba and Winslet) decide to board a charter plane. The pilot has a heart attack mid flight, crashing the plane, leaving an injured Elba and Winslet alone on the top of a mountain to fend for themselves.

With an A list cast and a compelling storyline one does walk into the film with high expectations. Director Hany Abud Assad takes on a bold challenge resurrecting the survival genre which was prominent in the 90’s and early 2000’s.

Assad has utilised the untamed mountain landscapes of North America and there is minimal use of green screen, this has resulted in truly awe inspiring visuals. The first half an hour of the film is highly engaging, as it goes straight into the action and immerses the audience into the drama of the story. The film then falls into the repetitive beats of climbing down a mountain, finding a place to sleep…repeat. The film is unable to transcend from the confines of the physical survival genre.

Unlike great survival films like Into the Wild (2007) and Wild (2014) which explore the psychological toll of being on the verge of death, the film opts for a cliché romantic storyline. Ultimately it fails to delve into the psyche of the characters.

The high standard of the actors and the magnificence of the scenery make The Mountain Between Us an engaging film. For those wanting some beautiful scenery mixed with a love story this film comes with a recommendation, but those looking for a rich psychological, survival drama will be disappointed.

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