Ice capers keep blood flowing
Kate Winslet, Idris Elba, Dermot Mulroney Stranded and injured, two survivors of a plane crash must rely on one another. THE high-altitude drama The Mountain Between Us wisely understands that it really only needs a few things to get its job done — a dramatic situation, a beautiful but treacherous location and two intensely charismatic, attractive people smack in the middle of both.
Story-wise, there’s not really much to this adaptation of Charles Martin’s novel CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS A pair of young pranksters accidentally hypnotise their school headmaster into believing he’s scantily-clad superhero Captain Underpants in this cartoon comedy. (G, Village and Reading) The secret life of those expressive emojis in your smartphone. (G, Village and Reading) about two mismatched strangers forced to rely on one another to survive after a plane crash in a wintry, isolated mountain range.
Brain surgeon Ben (Idris Elba) and photojournalist Alex (Kate Winslet) are equally frustrated by the stormy weather that has grounded their commercial flight — she’s on the way to her wedding to Mark (Dermot Mulroney), he has an operation to perform. So Alex proposes the two hire a charter plane to get them to their destination.
But when the pilot (Beau Bridges) suffers a fatal stroke in mid-flight the plane crashes, leaving them stranded high in FINAL PORTRAIT Geoffrey Rush plays Alberto Giacometti in this biopic about the Swiss artist. (M, Village) the mountains with the pilot’s golden retriever.
Cautious, logical Ben believes they have a better chance of being rescued if they stay where they are. The driven Alex, despite a broken leg, is keen to leave the wreckage behind and make her way down the mountain.
And when she takes off (with the dog in tow), Ben feels obliged to follow. It’s a slow journey in freezing conditions, perhaps more frustrating than truly perilous, but exposure and exhaustion slowly start taking their toll.
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PRAGMATIC: Brain surgeon Ben (Idris Elba) in The Mountain Between Us.