The Mountain Between Us (M18)
Starring Idris Elba, Kate Winslet
Directed by Hany Abu-Assad
Idris Elba and Kate Winslet play strangers — he’s a neurosurgeon rushing to a conference, and she a photojournalist on her way to her wedding — marooned in the wilderness after their plane crashes into the Rockies. (Why would two smart people throw caution to the wind and fly with a pilot who doesn’t stick to the flight plan?)
The exciting first half sees the handsome pair, joined by a yellow Labrador, engaged in an epic Man vs Nature struggle. The second half, however, is enervating when it shifts gear to a sappy romantic melodrama.
It becomes so dull that I can’t help but wonder: Would this movie be more interesting if it were told from the dog’s perspective? Hmmm…(**1/2)