What happens when two foreign urbanites have suddenly to find a way to survive in the wild nature, injured and far away from the civilization? Alex Martin and Ben Bass have to figure it out in the movie: THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US.
THE PHOTOGRAPHER ALEX MARTIN
After an incoming storm forces the cancellation of her flight to New York, talented photojournalist Alex Martin finds herself stuck in Idaho the night before her wedding. Scrambling to make it home in time, she hits upon a longshot idea and charters a plane to Denver in the hopes of catching the red-eye to New York that same night.
THE NEUROSURGEON BEN BASS
Another stranded passenger, Ben Bass, a skilled British neurosurgeon due back on the East Coast to perform a critical, life-saving operation, tunes out his own misgivings about the plan and joins her.
THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US – THE FACE OF DEATH
As Alex and Ben fly ahead of inclement weather in a small Piper two-seater, their pilot suffers a massive stroke. The small craft crashes in the deep snows of the Uinta Mountains in northeastern Utah.
Trapped in the remote region with little hope of rescue, the two weary travelers embark on a terrifying and transformative pilgrimage across the unforgiving reaches of the vast, rugged terrain, fighting against the elements, animals and time.
Under the most extreme circumstances imaginable, they gradually learn to trust one another. A powerful connection grows between them – one that will reshape the course of their lives.
THE ACTORS & DIRECTOR
A sweeping tale of love and survival, THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US stars Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs, The Reader) and Golden Globe® winner Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation, Luther, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom).
Academy Award nominee Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now, Omar) directed the film. Furthermore, Academy Award nominee Chris Weitz (About a Boy) and J. Mills Goodloe (The Age of Adaline), wrote the screenplay based upon Charles Martin’s book.
Winslet has a nearly unparalleled resume studded with standout performances stretching back decades. She’s often said that she likes to play women she considers “ballsy,” a description that certainly applies to Alex. “She’s the kind of woman who won’t give up until she’s got her story,” Winslet says. “Alex is one of those women who’s been in war zones before, worked around the clock, gone without sleep. She’s brave, extremely brave.”
In Alex, she says she saw the opportunity to portray a strong female protagonist whose mental strength and clarity become vitally important to her survival. A woman who is every bit as well drawn and alive as Ben.
“When I first read the script, I was actually attracted to both Alex and Ben,” Winslet says. “I loved the idea that these two characters would sustain an entire film from start to finish. I’ve never read a script like that before. And I also really believe in what the story says. That you can change, as a person, in immeasurable ways. It’s perfectly possible to experience something in your life. And then never really be able to go back to the way your life was. Or forward to what you thought your life was going to become. So much changes for these two characters through the experience that they share. I was very captivated by that.”
Likewise, Idris Elba, well known for searing turns on the BBC series Luther and in films such as Beasts of No Nation and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, was drawn to the role of Ben, a man as strong and capable as he is handsome. “The story and the extreme circumstances these two people find themselves in was very appealing to me,” he says. “It felt like something I could dramatically really get my teeth into. Also, I hadn’t done a romantic lead yet, so this is quite a departure.
“This movie examines the concept that there’s no perfect scenario to meet someone you’re going to fall in love with,” Elba adds.
“In fact, sometimes the most extreme scenarios become a better place to understand if you can love someone or not because you’re facing them in a circumstance that isn’t comfortable.
As an actor, you have to put yourself there as closely as you can to whatever the character is going through. Ben has gone through a lot. His personal life is in turmoil when we meet him and becomes ever more complicated on this mountain.”
The Mountain Between Us impresses with amazing pictures from the peaks of the Canadian mountains up to their valleys. The dense atmosphere and the fabulous actors lead the audience to a trip through the wild, snowy mountains and nature.
During the adventurous journey, the presentation of the characters is a bit superficial as well as the dialogues. It’s difficult to recognize the change from strangers to lovers, but, finally the romance is romantic and authentic. Difficult situations create special feelings and behaviors, and sometimes we need the believe in the good and true love.
Therefore, The Mountain Between Us is a romantic movie, that convinces because of its beautiful pictures and actors. The story is a little bit superficial. But, in general the film entertains and touches the senses and hearts. Thus, our conclusion is that The Mountain Between Us is the perfect movie for young lovers, older ones and all those, you believe in true feelings.