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Reviews » Blu-ray Reviews » The Mountain Between Us (Blu-ray)
The Mountain Between Us (Blu-ray)
Fox // PG-13 // December 26, 2017 // Region A
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Review by Neil Lumbard | posted March 16, 2018 | E-mail the Author
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The Mountain Between Us is a romantic-drama
from executive
producers Fred Berger (La La Land) and Becki Cross Trujillo (Daredevil,
The Lookout). The film stars Kate Winslet and Idris Elba as two
strangers whose lives become entwined with one another after a plane
crash
leaves both of them in the remote wilderness of a snowy landscape with
their
only hope for survival: each other.


Ben Bass (Idris Elba) and Alex Martin (Kate
Winslet) may
have not known each other before that fateful plane crash flown by
pilot Walter
(Beau Bridges), but after crash-landing in a remote area, the two
individuals
(and a puppy which miraculously survives) become dependent on one
another to
brave the harsh environment. With no one else to turn to in the
desolate snow,
Ben and Alex begin to trek across the mountains together as they
journey
towards their unknown destination. As they come to know each other, a
friendship and romance begins to blossom.


A huge part of the reason why this film works well
in any
measure is because of the chemistry and craft of both Idris Elba and
Kate
Winslet. Both deliver worthwhile performances which certainly elevate
the
somewhat unexceptional and conventional storytelling. Winslet and Elba
deliver
as the lead performers.


The film does have interesting stunts and CGI work
in a few
scenes. Given that this is primarily a romantic drama, it was a bit of
a
surprise to see some good work done for the action-oriented scenes
(like the
plane crash and some of the trekking across the outdoors landscape). It
works
well for the genre.


The film has some noteworthy productions aspects.
The music
score composed by Ramin Djawadi (Game of Thrones, Iron Man)
is
serviceable in the film and fits the mood. It's not amongst the best
scores of
the year, by any measure, but it's a decent score befitting the film.


The cinematography by Mandy Walker (Hidden
Figures
, Australia)
is one of the strengths: this is a beautifully photographed film with
vast
outdoor landscapes. The production design by Patrice Vermette (Arrival,
Sicario)
is effective with regards to presenting the outdoors environments as
well. Costumes
are designed by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus (Hidden Figures, Chocolat).


Based on the novel by Charles Martin, The
Mountain
Between Us
screenplay was written by Chris Weitz  (About
a Boy
, Rogue One: A Star Wars
Story
). The story is unexceptional in bringing surprises or deeply
woven
depth to the characters and story. However, it does a acceptable job of
crafting a modestly enjoyable romantic-drama storyline with a strong
backdrop.


Directed by Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now, Omar),
The Mountain Between Us is a lightly entertaining and engaging
film.
While some of the scenes feel a bit more preposterous than others (for
example,
the dog in the film often seems barely bothered by being outdoors in
the cold),
the overall effect of the filmmaking is a enjoyable (if occasionally
silly)
ride. The film manages to excel primarily through the romance between
Winslet
and Elba's characters. The effort is a worthwhile one without ever
crossing the
barrier between mere entertainment and dramatic art.


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Video:


The Mountain Between Us arrives on Blu-ray
with a 1080p
high definition presentation. Presented in the original 2.39:1
widescreen aspect
ratio, the film has a generally strong presentation with a decent 25
mbps
encode. The film has strong colors and the clarity is generally
satisfactory
overall. While the film has some soft elements and some (very minor)
banding in
a few moments, it's still a worthy presentation. It could have
benefited some
from having a stronger encode rate but it's a acceptable presentation
which
will leave most viewers satisfied.


Audio:


The audio is presented in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
surround.
This is a generally strong lossless audio presentation for the film.
The
surrounds aren't as heavily utilized as one might hope but given the
film's
mostly romantic-drama genre it isn't surprising the surround mixing is
a little
limited in scope. The clarity and depth is good (and that is one of the
most important
parts). Dialogue is clear and easy to understand.


Optional English SDH, Spanish, and French
subtitles are
included. Optional English descriptive audio in 5.1 surround sound and
Spanish/French
5.1 Dolby Digital audio is also included on the release.


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Extras:


style="">Please Note: This release is a combo pack release
including a
Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD.


Love and Survival: Creating Chemistry (HD,
13 min.)
is a featurette about the film's setting/cold of the outdoors,
production,
story, and how the cast worked together on the film. This featurette
includes behind
the scenes footage and interviews with the cast and crew.


Mountain Between Them: Shooting in Isolation
(HD, 10
min.) is about shooting outdoors in the cold snowy area, where they did
most of
the production. Though the production climate was certainly cold, the
crew
found ways to keep spirits lifted together. Features  interviews
with production team members and
the director.


The Wilds: Survival Stunts (HD, 6 min.) is
about the
stunts of the film (especially the scene with the airplane crashing and
how
they made that sequence).


Deleted Scenes (HD, 14 min.) featuring
optional
directors commentary:


Ben Secures Tarp, Alex Digs Quinzhee,
Ben
Dreams of Alex
, The Ice Dome, Ben Exercise's Alex's Arm,
Sled
Sequence
, Hospital Hallway


Audio Commentary with director Hany
Abu-Assad


Photo Gallery with several high quality
production
photograph stills taken during production of the film.


Theatrical Trailer


Sneak Peak: Other trailers for recent films by Fox.


Final Thoughts:


The Mountain Between Us is a modestly
entertaining
romantic-drama featuring excellent performances from Kate Winslet and
Idris
Elba. The film is a decent audience-pleaser to experience on a rainy
afternoon.
It's not high-art but it fits the bill for a decent drama that
entertains more
than it falters.


Recommended.



Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema. He aspires to make movies and has written two screenplays on spec. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.

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