Idris Elba And Kate Winslet Fall In Love In The Wilderness In 'The Mountain Between Us'

Where's Bear Grylls when you need him?

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)

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