The Mountain Between Us DVD Reviewed By Jon E Clist

The Premise
Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow-covered mountain. When they realise help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness, pushing one another to endure and discovering strength they never knew possible.

The Review
We all love a good story about a plane crashing on a snowy mountain and some people having to find a way to try to survive the elements and even a bit of each other. Well that is until people start eating each other. This is one of those films, without the cannibalism. Yes, it is okay, I happy to kind of put a spoiler in the mix and let you know up front there is no human flesh consumption in this film. However, there is still a huge amount of emotional tension, thrill and edge of the seat intensity.

Part of what makes this film work is the cast. While you only have the wonder that is Beau Bridges for the first short period, it is Idris Elba and Kate Winslet that do a solid job of drawing you in to this story of wilderness survival. Of course, Elba and Winslet weren’t the first actors attached to this film. First there was Michael Fassbender and Margot Robbie. After Fassbender and Robbie dropped out of the project, they were replaced by Charlie Hunnam and Rosamund Pike. However, both dropped out of the project after it was put into turnaround. Idris Elba and Kate Winslet were eventually cast and to be honest I can’t really imagine the others really doing a better job than these two have.

Actually, I could imagine Fassbender being too emotional as the male lead. Elba does a wonderful job of playing the emotionally stunted surgeon. He is the archetype male who plays his cards close to his chest and refuses to share his emotions. While Winslet’s character is the creative type who is fast with her emotions and sharing of her story. This dynamic within the core relationship is one of the most important elements central to the plot and as you could imagine, when you put two strangers in close proximity to each other in a do or die kind of situation there is going to be some epic relationship struggles.

However, I will say that being a dog person it is the dog in this film that kind of connects the parts and helps to add some humour and also emotional ties along the way. Plus the isolation of the location, IE on a snow covered mountain range with no one else around helps to inject the intense desperation and loneliness in to the scenes.

The Verdict
Intense, driving and rather compelling. Elba and Winslet grabbed my attention and kept it firmly in their grasp all the way through. There were many moments when I physically moved to the edge of my seat due to the intensity.

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 7th February 2018
Rating: M – Contains Sex scenes & offensive language
Duration: 111 minutes 
Genre:  Thriller
Starring: Idris Elba, Kate Winslet, Dermot Mulroney, Beau Bridges
Director: Hany Abu-Assad (The Courier, Omar)

The Extras
Production was delayed a few days so Kate Winslet could attend a memorial service for Alan Rickman.

Margot Robbie was originally attached to play Ashley Knox, however Robbie dropped out after Fassbender left the project.

Michael Fassbender was originally attached to play Dr. Ben Payne but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.