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'The Mountain Between Us' TIFF 2017 Review: Kate Winslet and Idris Elba battle the cold, cougars and falling in love

September 17, 2017Ben MK

When their plane crashes in snow-capped mountains on its journey from Denver to Baltimore, a pair of complete strangers find themselves fighting for their lives — and relying solely on one another for survival — in director Hany Abu-Assad's The Mountain Between Us.

Based on the bestselling novel by Charles Martin, this two-hander stars Kate Winslet and Idris Elba as Alex and Ben, an American photojournalist and a British neurosurgeon. After meeting at the airport and discovering they share a similar predicament, the two opt to charter a small plane to get them to their destination. But when their pilot, Walter (Beau Bridges), suffers a stroke, Alex and Ben — along with Walter's dog — must contend with hunger, the bitter cold and cougars, as they attempt to make their way down the mountain and back to civilization.

A straightforward tale of human drama with an element of romance thrown in for good measure, the result relies heavily on the chemistry between its two leads. Bolstered by some stunning cinematography, The Mountain Between Us isn't as spectacular as the scenery, but fans of Winslet and Elba won't be disappointed.

The Mountain Between Us is receiving its world premiere as part of TIFF 2017's Gala Presentations programme. Its runtime is 1 hr. 44 min.

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