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Mountain Between Us - A Survival Tale That Doesn't Survive Scrutiny

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Submitted by Bethany on Sat, 11/11/2017 - 09:29

If nothing else this movie is worth seeing, in the theater especially, for the breathtaking mountain views.  The scenery throughout is gorgeous and well worth the price of admission.  Idris Elba and Kate Winslet are strong enough actors that they carry this film well, and the tension held throughout - will they or won't they survive - truly kept me on the edge of my seat.  I loved the contrast of the two characters - they both want to survive but have different ideas of how best to do so.  The trials they endure make me think about how I would fare in such a situation, and whether or not I would have the grit, determination and sheer strength of will to make it through. 

The movie rises and falls as salvation seems near, and then moves further away several times.  The characters learn to lean on each other, and must come to trust each other implicitly to survive.  I can only imagine the bond this type of experience creates would bring two people together for life.  However, spoilers ahead. 

THIS SHOULD NOT HAVE TURNED INTO A ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP.  The two characters barely shared about their lives with each other, barely showed true personalities, and they had zero chemistry.  Their entire focus was on simply surviving the extreme cold, scrounging enough water and food to survive, until suddenly they find a house, get a little warm and then they are having sex?  It made zero sense and basically ruined the movie for me.  If it had been just that one time thing, ok sure. Sex drives people, blah blah blah, I get it. 

If the movie had simply ended when Kate Winslet was found by the logging trucker, this movie would have received a much higher rating.  But it didn't, it went on for another 20 minutes bringing a tension filled conclusion to a love story that I did not care about nor believe.  Yes, they should have been bonded for life.  Yes, I could see that interfering in her almost marriage to the original guy.  But no to their characters ending up together and the audience rooting for that relationship.  Just no. It felt sudden, forced, and ultimately made a movie about the human will to survive into an unbelievable, un-entertaining love story.  I was disappointed to say the least.