The Mountain Between Us Full movie details, Poster, Star cast, Release date, Reviews
The Mountain Between Us is a 2017 American romance survival adventure film, directed by Hany Abu-Assad and written by Chris Weitz and J. Mills Goodloe, based on the novel of the same name by Charles Martin. It stars Idris Elba and Kate Winslet as a surgeon and a journalist, respectively, who survive a plane crash, with a dog, and are stranded in High Uintas Wilderness with injuries and harsh weather conditions. The film premiered on September 9, 2017 at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, and was theatrically released in the United States on October 6, 2017, by 20th Century Fox.
After the cancellation of their flight due to stormy weather, Dr. Ben Bass (Idris Elba), photojournalist Alex Martin (Kate Winslet), and a dog board a charter plane. The pilot (Beau Bridges) has a fatal stroke and the plane crashes on top of a mountain. Ben and Alex survive the incident with injuries and realize they must come down from the mountaintop for any hope of survival. Stranded alone together for weeks and with little food, they find strength in each other to keep pressing forward in the snow and cold. Eventually, they find an abandoned cabin where they can take shelter and finally, make love. As Ben sleeps after their lovemaking, Alex takes his picture. Eventually, they find a timber cutter yard on the mountain and they make their way to it and then Ben gets his leg caught in a bear trap. Alex keeps going and she’s rescued by a truck driver, who goes back and rescues Ben.
Ben wakes up in the hospital and goes to Alex’s room where he sees her and Mark. Mark praises Ben for saving Alex to which Ben replies she saved him and leaves the room, heartbroken. Some time after, Mark tells Alex that “I told myself that if you ever lost a part of you (an arm or leg in her dangerous job as a photojournalist), I would still love you.” But now, it’s obvious to him that he has lost her heart.
Alex tries calling Ben, but he declines her phone calls until he receives pictures of him and Alex on a mountain. This encourages Ben to call Alex. They meet up in Manhattan, where Ben did not call her back because he thought she would be married, Alex responds by saying she loved Ben while they were together on the mountain and that she and Mark never married. Ben can not admit to himself that he wants her back, they part ways after a hug. As they are walking away, they regret it and turn around, running back into each other’s arms, confirming that they will get together.
- Idris Elba as Dr. Ben Bass, a surgeon
- Kate Winslet as Alex Martin, a photojournalist
- Dermot Mulroney as Mark, Alex’s fiancé
- Beau Bridges as Walter, the pilot of the charter plane
- Raleigh and Austin as Dog, Walter’s dog
The project was first developed in January 2012, with Mexican director Gerardo Naranjo set to direct a script by J. Mills Goodloe. In August 2012, Scott Frank was hired to re-write the script. In November 2014, Hany Abu-Assad replaced Naranjo, and Chris Weitz was later hired to re-write the script.
Abu-Assad has said of the film, “I really didn’t see an epic love story against the background of survival, I think optimism and hope is crucial to survive. And to go on with your life even if you’ve had a lot of bad luck. So if you give (in) to the bad luck, you will die. (But) if you fight the bad luck, you have a better chance to survive and make your life better. This is very simple wisdom, yes? But still very crucial especially in these kind of days, when everybody feels entitled to their good luck.”
The film went through several lead casting changes. In March 2012, it was announced that Michael Fassbender will star as Bass, but by September 2014, Fassbender dropped out due to a scheduling conflict, and Charlie Hunnam replaced him. Margot Robbie also came on board to star as Alex. In November 2014, Robbie dropped out of the project, and Rosamund Pike entered negotiations for the lead role. In December 2015, both Hunnam and Pike dropped out.
In February 2016, Idris Elba came on board, followed by Kate Winslet in June 2016. Dermot Mulroney joined the cast as Winslet’s character’s fiancé in early February 201
Principal photography started on December 5, 2016 in Vancouver and continued until February 24, 2017. Elba and Winslet filmed scenes at the Vancouver International Airporton December 6, 2016. Elba also filmed scenes at the Abbotsford International Airport on December 7, 2016. Filming stopped for Christmas holidays from December 20, 2016 to January 3, 2017.
Filming resumed around Invermere and Panorama Mountain Village on January 4, 2017. Winslet was spotted filming scenes at Eagle Ridge Hospital in Port Moody on February 8, 2017.
Most of the filming took place in Canada on the border of Alberta and British Columbia. Abu-Assad talking about the tough and harsh filming conditions, described the locations as having very cold temperatures. Many scenes were shot on a mountaintop, and he and the crew had to drive 40 minutes before reaching film’s base camp and if weather was okay then they could board the helicopter to reach their destination along with their supplies. On July 19, 2017, Winslet and Elba were spotted in London re-shooting some scenes from the film.
German-Iranian composer Ramin Djawadi composed the music for the film. The official trailer for the movie was released with “Dusk Till Dawn” by Zayn and Sia as the official soundtrack.
The film had its premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, on September 9, 2017. The film was initially set for release in the United States on October 20, 2017,but was later moved up to October 6, 2017.
As of October 8, 2017, The Mountain Between Us has grossed $10.1 million in the United States and Canada, and $3.6 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $13.7 million, against a production budget of $35 million.
In the United States and Canada, the film was released alongside Blade Runner 2049 and My Little Pony: The Movie, and was expected to gross $11–12 million from 3,088 theaters in its opening weekend. It ended up debuting to $10.1 million, finishing second at the box office, behind Blade Runner 2049 ($32.5 million).
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 43%, based on 113 reviews, with an average rating of 5.2/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “The Mountain Between Usmay be too far-fetched for some viewers to appreciate, but it’s elevated by reliably engaging performances from Idris Elba and Kate Winslet.” On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 48 out of 100, based on 35 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “A−” on an A+ to F scale.
Jordan Mintzer of The Hollywood Reporter described the film as “an easily digestible love story-come-survival tale that tosses two excellent actors in the snow and lets them do their thing,” before concluding that “what really helps Mountain overcome its far-fetched scenario is the pairing of Winslet and Elba, who know how to turn up the charm tenfold yet make Alex and Ben seem (mostly) like real people.” Tim Grierson of ScreenDaily noted that the film “struggles to balance its life-or-death stakes with its far more florid love story,” but added that “the considerable chemistry between Kate Winslet and Idris Elba certainly helps sell this tearjerker.”
In his review for Variety, Peter Debruge described it as “a movie in which neither the subzero temperature nor the romantic heat penetrates more than skin deep.” Also criticising the film, Steve Pond of TheWrap found it unnecessarily lengthy and said that “a love story cheapens the grand survival story.” Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of The A.V. Club criticized the central characters as “a couple of one-note personality-test types” with “zero romantic chemistry,” and wrote that the script “actually tones down the howling outrageousness of Martin’s novel, which seems to miss the point. But, structurally, it’s the same junk. Problems pop out of nowhere and resolve themselves, while torturous motivations attempt to explain why characters would withhold basic information from one another for weeks…”
Differences between novel and film
In the film, Winslet’s character’s name was changed from Ashley Knox to Alex Martin, and Elba’s character’s surname from Payne to Bass.