By Jackie Raphael
Academy Award nominated director Hany Abu-Assad has done a wonderful job of adapting the book by the same title, The Mountain Between Us. The story follows two strangers, Alex Martin (Kate Winslet) and Ben Bass (Idris Elba), as they attempt to get home after a plane accident leaves them stranded on a snowy mountain. Stunning cinematography captures the gorgeous landscape and depicts the remoteness of their situation.
The plot is rather predictable and there are many convenient moments, but the audience is engaged by the the great chemistry between the actors. While there is some good character development, it could have been pushed further, not just for the sake of the audience but for the bond of the characters themselves. There are three particularly lame moments in the second half of the film and an overuse of unnecessary flashbacks, but there are also some gripping moments throughout that will have you gasping.
It was great to have Elba use his natural accent, and while it would have been nice to have Winslet use her British accent too, she nailed the American accent as always. Both performances were strong, which added to the enjoyment of the film.