Mountain Between Us”
Have you ever found yourself at the airport with a cancelled flight
and a very urgent need to get somewhere fast?
The rental cars are already gone.
The bus won't get you there fast enough. What's the last option?
A private charter plane?
Well, if you can afford it, and if you can find someone who will
fly you out immediately. That's
what happened to Alex Martin (Kate Winslet), who was in a big hurry to get
to her own wedding the next morning. She
also overheard a physician, Ben Bass (Idris Elba) say he needed to be back
for scheduled surgery, so she asked if he wanted to come in the charter
plane, as well. The pilot
(Beau Bridges) assures them both that he has loads of experience, and
sure, he can outrun that storm.
Except he can't. And
then he suffers a stroke. The
resulting plane crash should have killed them all, but didn't.
The pilot is dead, and Alex has yet to regain consciousness, but
Ben somehow managed only a few cuts and bruises.
So he fashions a makeshift splint for her injured leg, and waits
for help to come, and tries to stay warm in the icy expanse of rugged
mountainous terrain. He's not going to make his surgery schedule. And
she's not going to make her own wedding, either.
In fact, right now it's looking bleak about either one of them
getting out alive. Nobody
knows where they are. And help
is not on the way.
The good news is that she wakes up.
The bad news is that she's hobbled by her leg injury, yet still
feels she has to get out of that plane wreckage and try to find some help.
He thinks that would reduce their chances of survival.
So she just waits until he's asleep and drags herself outside,
anyway. Which leaves him
little choice. He follows her
snow tracks until he catches up with her, and then they set out together
to try to find any vestige of civilization.
Along the way, they learn to rely on each other, even though they
still don't really know one another. He
keeps his emotions close and his secrets even closer.
She's not able to sustain long conversations, anyway.
They find shelter in a cave, and in a tree, and finally in an
abandoned mountain cabin, which is where their newfound emotional
attachment to each other finds some physical expression.
They have to survive the cold and exposure, but also the lack of
plentiful food. They
also have to struggle with their growing discouragement, and that nagging
realization that the odds of their ever getting out of there diminish with
each passing day.
Idris Elba and Kate Winslet, though neither was apparently first
choice in the casting, develop a strong chemistry on the screen.
Both are talented enough to keep the viewer's interest even though
there is little variety of interaction.
Just these two people battling the elements, and then their own
unexpected attraction. It's an
intense movie experience that feels believable enough to make you feel
cold throughout, regardless of the temperature inside the theater.