Balancing logic with a good story is always a challenge for every movie. The simple reason you believe a story rests with how its written, directed and acted. No need to worry then, because even though The Mountain Between us tells a wholly preposterous story, but it tells it beautifully and with fantastic performances from Kate Winslet and Idris Elba.
Kate plays Alex, an impulsive Photojounalist who boards a two person flith with Ben, a neurosurgeon, played by Idris Elba. Because all the other flights back to Boston are cancelled because of a storm, the two decide to get on the plane because Alex has to reach her marriage and Ben has to perform an operation. And then, due to some complications, the plane crashes in wintry High Unitas mountains and the two have to work together if they want to save themselves from starving or freezing from death. Accompanying them in this adventure is a cute dog. Alex decides to find civilization while Ben thinks they should stay on the site of the crash and wait for help. Alex has a broken leg and Ben is also heavily injured, and in midst of fighting and making decisions they start to understand each other and maybe like each other’s company.
Hany Abu Assad directs the movie with precision and control, and with the help of cinematograhper Mandy Walker, he makes the dangerous territory almost beautiful and welcoming. This is a survivor story that is elevated with charismatic performances from its stars who know that the plot might be simple, but they have the power to raise it through their abilities.
I’d recommend watching the movie because it’s another instance of filmmaking overcoming the shortcoming of the plot to deliver a very fine time at the cinema.