Flash Movie Review: The Mountain Between Us

THE MUTUAL FEAR OR MAYBE it was dread in both of our eyes bonded us together. We were both in the same class to be certified in a new fitness format. Not being a spontaneous type of person, as soon as I heard we would have to pair up to create a workout sequence incorporating the new techniques we were learning, I panicked at the idea of standing up in front of the class and free styling a new workout routine. The woman next to me must have been going through the same thing; because up until that point, we only said a courtesy hello to each other before sitting down in our spots. When the actual time came to pair up I was not sure she wanted to team with me since my experiences in fitness were different compared to hers. Since the people on either side of us turned the other way to find a partner we formed our team, sadly based on dread.     WE WERE GIVEN 10-15 minutes to come up with a complete warm-up set to lead the class. I was never good with public speaking in college, though I quickly adjusted to it through my fitness classes. But after all the planning and rehearsing I put in to my own fitness routines I was confident enough to the point I did not hesitate expressing myself to the members. Here I was sitting with this stranger, figuring out what muscle group to utilize first as the goal was to increase the participant’s core temperature. I listened to her suggestions. In my heart I knew some of her routines would not qualify as a warm-up. Trying to gently steer her away from her plan, I made a few suggestions. She nodded her head as I spoke but insisted for the time allotted to us her plan would work best. I was not going to argue about it and relinquished to her choice of muscle workouts. When it was our turn we both went to the head of the class and started the music. Not more than 60 seconds went by when I realized I should have fought for my suggestions. The look on the instructor’s face, along with the participants in the classroom, told me we would not score high in this portion of the practical. Thank heavens this was not a life or death situation like the horrific one I saw in this action, adventure drama.     AFTER THEIR PLANE CRASHED in a remote mountain area, two strangers would have to trust and depend on each other if they wanted to survive. Starring Idris Elba (The Dark Tower, Pacific Rim) as Ben Bass, Kate Winslet (Finding Neverland, Collateral Beauty) as Alex Martin, Beau Bridges (The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Descendants) as Walter and Dermot Mulroney (The Grey, My Best Friend’s Wedding) as Mark; there were several incredible thrilling scenes that were accentuated with the great chemistry between Idris and Kate. Overall I did not mind sitting through this picture even though it was predictable and a bit farfetched. What really stood out was the short time the writers went from an adventure film to a romantic one; it seemed forced to me and needed more time to grow organically in my opinion. I think because this was one of the only movies I saw after my ordeal in the hospital, it was escapism for me. Other viewers may not feel they are as in synch with the story as much as I found myself to be.


2 ½ stars      




About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on October 10, 2017, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. I was really hoping it wouldn’t turn into a romance, typical Hollywood writing…

  2. Seems like a film you might go along to with a hillwalking girlfriend. I may go and see this, it is in the local cinema this week.

  3. Sharon's Writers Tidbits

    Seems OK. Not sure if I would go and see it at the cinema. Maybe try and stream it. Great cast though!

  4. Sharon's Writers Tidbits

    Seems OK. Not sure if I would be in a hurry to see it at the cinema. Would probably stream and watch it on my computer. Great cast though!

  5. I understand about forced romances. I think the best romantic chemistry is that unsaid and unrequited or left a mystery. I have not been in the mood for movies lately but will make an effort as this is one I’ve been curious about.

  6. I saw this film today and I couldn’t agree with you more. After the romantic play it became quite maudlin and uninteresting. I couldn’t wait for it to be over. However, the treacherous mountain scenes and the story up until then was quite realistic to a point. (There was no frozen snot or rosy/blue cheeks and noses.) Having done much mountain climbing in my day, my first thought as they were coming down was for them to sit on their butt and toboggan down and they did in a reasonable fashion, so I was happy at that. Generally, I only cross country skied snow covered mountains. With the amount of snow on the ground and the consistency shown I also expected an avalanche if not in their immediate vicinity but anywhere to give cause for concern. I’ve also been in cold huts and I don’t care that there was a fire, it never gets warm enough to shed all your clothes like that, not without goosebumps anyway. LOL Oh, the fire. It’s been my experience that once you are two or so feet away from a fire, it’s still going to be damn cold.Their forming a connection, a bond if you will, was of course possible, but romance? Too many unlikelihood’s for it to have occurred.

  7. I’ve been debating whether or not I want to see this in theaters. Perhaps I will if it’s still playing locally

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