The Mountain Between Us film review: Idris Elba and Kate Winslet save this middling disaster drama

James Luxford
The Mountain Between Us

Anyone dealing with the recent flight cancellations might spare a thought for Idris Elba and Kate Winslet, starring as strangers who survive a plane crash but find themselves caught in the snow, miles from civilisation.

If ever a film were saved by casting, this is it. While Winslet and Elba aren’t overflowing with chemistry, individually they’re so strong that you hardly notice. Both bring humanity to their situation, allowing you to largely gloss over the rather predictable twists and turns. It’s clear very quickly that each obstacle will be overcome, allowing the pair’s romance to blossom with varying results.

In spite of physics and morals (Winslet’s character was meant to be flying to her wedding), The Mountain Between Us leans on its stars to produce a disposable but diverting romantic adventure. A great one to watch on a plane, should you find one willing to fly you somewhere.

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