By: Evi Arthur, Reporter
“The Mountain Between Us” tells the story of two strangers, Alex and Ben (played by Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, respectively) who in an attempt to get home in time for a wedding and a surgery, hop on a little charter plane. When the pilot has a stroke mid-flight, the plane crashes into the mountains and Alex and Ben’s flight becomes a fight to stay alive. When they realize that help is not coming, they head off to find home, leaning on one another to survive the cold terrain accompanied by a dog with no name.
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this movie. I am in no way the world’s biggest Kate Winslet fan. However, both Winslet and Elba were both phenomenal in this movie, playing two complete strangers who are quickly thrown into a life or death situation. The plot was also very captivating, as an audience member, you are instantly pulled into the story and stay there until the final credits roll. The ending does leave you wishing for just a bit more, if only a few seconds worth. After watching our two main characters struggle to survive for the majority of the movie, we really do not get to see how their story ends. I wish they would’ve tied up a few more loose ends than they did.
One thing that I did not like was how the romance. It felt a little forced, quickly developed and based on nothing, but was adorable nonetheless.
The movie’s tagline alone, “What if your life depended on a stranger?” is wildly thought-provoking and the movie does not disappoint. Furthermore, the setting of “The Mountain Between Us” is breathtaking and not only astonishes but chills, making you feel as cold as Winslet and Elba look. I’d suggest bringing a jacket.