What if your life depended on a stranger?
DVD: The Mountain Between Us
Runtime: 109 minutes
Age restriction: 13S
Special Features: Love and survival: creating chemistry; Mountain between them: shooting in isolation; The wilds: survival stunts; Deleted scenes; Director’s commentary by Hany Abu-Assad.
Reviewed by: Gareth Drawbridge
Review made possible by: Empire Entertainment
If you were stranded in the wilderness, facing certain death, could you put your trust in a complete stranger in an effort to stay alive?
This is the ultimate live-or-die question two strangers are forced to ask themselves in the romantic survival drama The Mountain Between Us.
After their flight is cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, photojournalist Alex (Kate Winslet) and neurosurgeon Ben (Idris Elba), two individuals who have never met before, decide to take an uncharted flight to get them safely to their respective destinations.
For Alex the flight is imperative as she is trying to get home in time for her wedding the next day, and for Ben, he is urgently needed in Baltimore to perform emergency surgery.
Of course, just like everything else in life, the moment something seems to be going right it all takes a dreadful turn for the worse when, shortly after take-off, the plane crashes on a mountain-top in the High Uintas Wilderness.
Tragically, the pilot, Walter (Beau Bridges), is killed and Alex, Ben and the pilot’s faithful dog (the real star of the film) are the only survivors.
Stranded in the wilderness, facing harsh, freezing weather conditions, Alex and Ben are soon confronted with the terrifying reality that they may never be found.
Not willing to perish out in the snow, the two, and their faithful four-legged companion, set off across the treacherous terrain trying to find their way back home.
However, if Ben and Alex manage to survive the ordeal, will they have the strength to come to terms with everything they endured? And will they be able to return to the individual everyday lives they were leading before their paths ever crossed?
Based on the book by Charles Martin and directed by Hany Abu-Assad, The Mountain Between Us is a film about hope and a friendship/romance born out of impossible circumstances. Fans of survival films such as Alive, The Grey, The Edge and The Revenant, this one is for you.
The Mountain Between Us is now available on DVD.