By Mica Wilhite
If you want to survive a plane crash in the Rocky Mountains in January, it helps if your crash companion is a neurosurgeon. If you break your leg and are almost immobile, it also helps if he can pick you up and carry you through the snow.
So is the setup for “The Mountain Between Us,” a dramatic story of survival and romance. The visually appealing film full of beautiful shots of snow-capped mountains, however, suffers from a chilling lack of on-screen chemistry between Dr. Ben Bass (Idris Elba) and Alex Martin (Kate Winslet).
While Elba and Winslet are both able actors who are easy to watch for 100 minutes, even their individual talent and presence on-screen cannot salvage a string of low elevation lines delivered by their characters
“The Mountain Between Us” fails the fresh test on the Tomatometer with only 46% critical approval and audiences choosing not to rescue it either at only 52%. An unfortunate outcome since the film is an adaption of the well-liked novel published in 2010 by Charles Martin by the same name.
The lack of magnetism also stems from a lack of realism in the film. The third lead character, and my favorite, is a beautiful golden lab without a name that belonged to the pilot. He never gets cold, always looks dashing as he spritely runs through ten feet of snow with a stylish navy scarf tied around his neck, and survives both a plane crash without being buckled in as well as a vicious bout with undomesticated passersby.
“The Mountain Between Us” (100 minutes) is showing at the Marshall Cinema with an PG-13 rating for sexuality and language. Call (903) 935-5662 or visit www.Jimplecute1848.com for a full list of show times. Although this is caliber of movie is best saved for your DVD watch list.
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