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The Mountain Between Us Movie Review

Updated on October 6, 2017
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Alec is a film critic with a true passion for the film industry & hopes his reviews and articles will help launch his career.

The Mountain Between Us is a beautiful love story that sprouts from an intriguing tale of survival. Kate Winslet and Idris Elba had amazing chemistry and performed very well throughout the film.

The film follows two people who, after their flight is delayed, decide to take a small cargo plane instead and crash in the Colorado mountains. With one having a broken leg, the two survivors (well, three if you count Dog the dog) must do what they can to withstand the freezing cold as they attempt to cross the snowy and rocky terrain to get back to civilization.

Okay let me go ahead and get the two things I disliked out of the way. First of all, let's talk about the very thing that vaults the plot into motion. Say you're at the airport. You overhear the person in front of you talking to the desk lady. She says his flight, the flight you happen to be on, is delayed. But you're desperate to get home in time for your wedding so you get the idea to go outside and ask the nice cargo plane guy if he'll take you. Now, if this was you would you invite the guy in front of you to come along or would you just go? Maybe it's just me but it just seemed a bit flimsy for her to invite a complete stranger to accompany her. The other thing I didn't like was the fact that the inevitable sex scene felt forced and unnatural. It was like they were trying to rush it and get it into the film rather than let it play out and actually be romantic. Also, she was engaged so it was crappy of her to even initiate it knowing he was broken hearted and she had a man waiting for her at home.

The positives, however, was everything else. The plane crash was realistic and fantastically shot. The realism and thought that was put into the film engaged me and made me feel like I was right there with them. I applaud the crew for being able to pull that off.

Some people complained about the ending but I honestly loved it. It didn't drag out anything or make it about something it wasn't. It wrapped everything up and left me feeling satisfied but at the same time wanting more. The ending fit the film.

In conclusion, I highly recommend it, especially if you love survival tales and love stories. It's captivating, beautiful, and has a few surprising moments. I give the film a solid 3 out of 4.

© 2017 Alec Zander


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