'Dog is My Co-Pilot' [British school of Acting meets the American school of Filmmaking on a death stroll at the Canadian school of wintering]The Mountain Between Us. Take out The Mountain, what are you left with? Exactly: The Us. That Lowepro photographer's bagpack was HUGE. Reminder: Must get my hands on a Leica cam 'cos they are a beaut and shoot amazing analog pics. Was she really holding a roll film on her hand ?
Well-shot but unable to overcome the fantastic lack of realism that taps into the authenticity of the core relationship, "The Mountain Between Us" places a metaphorical land mass in between its story and the audience's ability to sympathize. I liked the film's initially cynical take on love ("the world is so big and the heart is just a muscle"), but even that proved to be a quote of trite impulse.
Winslet and Elba struggle to overcome the banal material provided in this by-the-numbers survival tale. The lack of chemistry however between them only makes the films shortcomings more obvious. The final twenty minutes is groan inducing and the final shot ridiculous. How Winslet agreed to this 'damsel in distress' role in this age is beyond me. 'The heart is just a muscle'...wow (with full dripping sarcasm).
From the first scenes i realized that this movie will be something stupid. And from there nothing really happened to made me change my mind.
Those two characters are invisible, with poor stories behind them and nothing ahead. The ending was awful.
Also i blame the casting choices. Why it need it to be an interracial couple? Idris Elba and Kate Winslet ! Really ?
The frozen landscape was breathtaking in some moments.
Winslet and Elba are fantastic, as usual. Too bad the plot is passé, and that Winslet's character has to say "I'm sorry" so often that it borders on inanity. The dialogue harps on marital status; do they really both have to be demonstrably unmarried in order to have sex? The part where they try to survive in frigid desolate conditions is far more interesting. The ending is unbelievable melodrama.
Bit of a letdown. Probably could/should have been 20-30 minutes shorter. Maybe if it ended with some question about whether or not they'd wind up together, instead of spending an additional twenty minutes wrapping that up... The husk of a decent movie was there. And the cast sells itself! (or at least, they're why I watched it...)
The beginning was so rushed it failed to set the mood for the rest of the movie. Some of the dialogues are pretty bad... Laughable, but not because they're humorous. The acting was really good considering what they had to work with, and it almost saved this film. At least this served to remind me how much I love Kate Winslet. Her final scene was remarkable.
The prologue has an expert hand behind the shooting and framing: the crash sequence is claustrophobic and breath-holding, reminiscent of one of the best ever(J. J. Abrams's Lost). The rest hasn't much to write home about - typically the case where survival is the gimmick-except for the final parts: it surprisingly dedicates itself to where the lives of these characters go after the ordeal,& its much more interesting.