Winslet, Elba heat up in ice-cold drama
SHOULD your plane crash in a remote mountain range without a functioning emergency beacon, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better companion-in-crisis than British actor Idris Elba.
Ben Bass (Elba) can improvise an IV drip out of found objects. He’s familiar with all the tell-tale signs of exposure and remains calm in an emergency.
Then there’s his secret weapon: the limpid brown eyes with which he can see into his leading lady’s soul.
If Elba/bass was stranded on a mountain top, he’d be hard-pressed to find a better match than the fabulously feisty Kate Winslet.
That’s especially so in
Winslet’s current incarnation as a photojournalist.
Alex Martin (Winslet) is remarkably resilient.
The strangers meet at a crowded airport when their flight is grounded by an impending storm.
She has a wedding to get to – her own.
He has emergency surgery to perform.
They charter a small plane, and from here, the strangers’ skill sets prove strangely complementary.
If the pacing of the film is uneven at times, that might be explained by the fact that The Mountain Between Us isn’t so much a survival flick as a disaster romance.
Neither Elba nor Winslet is capable of a bad performance and the chemistry between them threatens to melt the film’s snow-covered backdrop.
THE HEIGHT OF ROMANCE: Kate Winslet and Idris Elba in The Mountain Between Us.