Two strangers are stranded on a mountain after their plane crashes. They must work together to endure the extreme elements and terrain in order to make it down the mountain and back to civilization.
IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: D)
Wasting what could be an interesting (albeit farfetched) premise on a mix of action/romance movie clichés, The Mountain Between Us is unfortunately predictable from beginning to end. Suffering from choppy editing and humor that 9 times out of 10 falls flat, even the good performances by the two leads (played by Kate Winslet and Idris Elba) aren’t enough to save this movie, as the two aren’t given much more than exposition and poorly written argumentative dialogue to work with.
That being said: Kate Winslet and Idris Elba do give it their best shot (I found myself rooting for them throughout the film, even though I could see the ending coming from 30 minutes in) and the shorter run time (less than 2 hours) means that the movie clips along at a decent pace. Finally, the movie does manage to surprise you a few times, but not enough to create a truly engaging experience.
IS IT OKAY FOR YOUR FAMILY?
The Mountain Between Us is rated PG-13 for a scene of sexuality, peril, injury images, and brief strong language. The plane crash itself isn’t very intense, and there aren’t any big explosions or gore. However, you do see a dead body being buried and some bloody injuries are seen up close. A mountain lion attacks one of the actors, creating an intense few minutes without any blood or gore shown.
There are several profanities used throughout the movie as well, including one f-word. The “scene of sexuality” shows a shirtless man, a woman in a bra, and some kissing. While watching it you obviously know what is going on, but no nudity below the man’s chest is shown, and the woman does not remove her bra. There is also (spoiler) a short scene near the end of the movie where a man gets his foot caught in a bear trap.
ANY WORTHWHILE MESSAGES?
The biggest message in this movie is one of hope and faith. Without the hope (and subsequently the faith) these two have of living through their experience on the mountain, this movie would have been much shorter and would have had a much different ending. This movie also has themes that deal with overcoming and learning from life’s trials as well as trusting and loving the people in your life.
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Lindsi Neilson currently works for Brigham Young University in the Theatre and Media Arts department, and is a freelance technical director and stage manager for several theatre companies in the Utah Valley area. In her free time she loves photography, stand up paddle-boarding, running 5k’s, reading, spoiling her nieces and nephews, and (you guessed it!) watching movies. For more of Lindsi’s writing visitlindsimichellephotography.blogspot.com.