Winslet, Elba heat up in ice-cold drama

Tweed Daily News - - PULSE -

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.

PHOTO: KIM­BERLY FRENCH

THE HEIGHT OF RO­MANCE: Kate Winslet and Idris Elba in The Moun­tain Be­tween Us.

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