Sub-zero action drama fails to ignite audience passion
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.