Runtime: 1hr, 52mins
Romance, Disaster, Survival
The Mountain Between Us seemed like a good idea on paper. It has notable Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad (known for his 2005 Oscar-nominated film Paradise Now) and veteran cinematographer Mandy Walker behind the camera, and big name actors Idris Elba and Kate Winslet in front of it. It’s based on Charles Martin’s 2011 romance-disaster novel of the same name (that’s right, I said “romance-disaster”). It’s a story about the bonds built between people enduring a harrowing, life-threatening situation for an extended period of time - which could have been interesting if it didn’t feel like it were being strung together by a series of cliches.