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 realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across the wilderness.
The Mountain Between Us is a realistic portrayal of survival after a plane carrying two passengers crashes on a mountain, covered by snow. The pilot is killed and the two survivors, Ben (Idris Elba) and Alex (Kate Winslet), are left to fend for themselves. Well, not quite. The pilot’s dog survives and he does help out in a few instances. Ben and Alex wind up calling him “Walter’s dog” as they don’t know his name. Beau Bridges plays Walter the pilot. With these two thrown together, the film does raise interesting questions in the viewer’s mind. Would I make the same decisions as they do? How would I react, thrown together with another person and having to depend on that other person to help me survive? In this case Ben, a surgeon, has to help the injured Alex, a journalist, by treating her wounds and carrying her urine away in a pot.
When they become their most frustrated—they are short on food, warmth, and hope—they blame each other for the circumstances. The airline canceled the flight of the plane they were both going to travel on and it was Alex that arranged for the small plane to take them to their destination. Yet, as they continue to rely on each other, they begin to form a bond that becomes more powerful and turns romantic. Is it real? Or is it the circumstances of them relying on each other for survival? Do they get rescued or find their way to civilization? Do they stay together? The acting is strong and the story unfolds nicely in a naturalistic setting in the mountains and woods. Due to several strong utterances of language and a sex scene, we are unable to present our Dove Seal to the film. It does a good job in showcasing great locations and prompting the viewer to consider the choices that would have to be made if he/she were in an identical situation.