Sub-zero ac­tion drama fails to ig­nite au­di­ence pas­sion

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The Moun­tain Be­tween Us Rated: M

Re­view: Ash­wini Saseedaran Rat­ing: 4/10

THIS grip­ping tale of sur­vival is snowed un­der a medi­ocre love in­ter­est drama.

The Moun­tain Be­tween Us crash-landed in its at­tempt to de­liver

a com­pelling story of tragedy and the hu­man spirit’s en­dur­ing abil­ity to per­se­vere in dire cir­cum­stances.

Hiked up to be a dra­matic and pow­er­ful plot fol­low­ing the jour­ney of a man and woman’s strug­gle to sur­vive af­ter a plane crash in the moun­tains, di­rec­tor Hany Abu-As­sad un­for­tu­nately misses the film’s po­ten­tial and lands a story that barely touches down with full force as nei­ther the sub-zero tem­per­a­ture nor ro­man­tic heat of­fer a film worth re­mem­ber­ing.

Amidst snowy wilder­ness, pho­to­jour­nal­ist Alex Martin (Kate Winslet) and sur­geon Dr Ben Bass (Idris Elba) are forced to band to­gether and of course a ro­man­tic nar­ra­tive flur­ries its way to the fore­front.

How­ever, the act­ing prow­ess and chem­istry of both award-win­ning stars is lost in the depths of moun­tain­ous land­scapes as nei­ther char­ac­ter sat­is­fy­ingly de­liv­ers a per­son­al­ity wor­thy of praise, em­pa­thy or sup­port. The snow-capped el­e­vated scenery is breath­tak­ing and would have no doubt been a chal­leng­ing film lo­ca­tion but the truths of strug­gle, pain, frus­tra­tion, de­spair as well as the re­as­sur­ing cap­ture of hope, love, in­ti­macy and tri­umph slipped through the film cre­ator’s fin­gers.

Dra­matic ac­tion is snow­balled into sub-par se­quences scat­tered through­out the film in­stead of an on­go­ing reach mount­ing to an im­pres­sive cli­max which of­fers no en­ergy in man­i­fest­ing a sub­stan­tial care-fac­tor in its au­di­ences.

The idea, plot, sto­ry­line and cin­e­matog­ra­phy are where points are earned but all in all, the un­der­whelm­ing sur­vival ad­ven­ture places a moun­tain be­tween the film and movie­go­ers as the­atri­cally thrilling, cli­mac­tic and pas­sion­ate emo­tion and ac­tion is dis­may­ingly snow-banked in fee­ble at­tempts at sto­ry­telling.

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