The Movie: 8/10
We don’t tell a lot of different stories. As humans we have limited experiences, a limited world we can pull ideas from, and an even more limited imagination. Oh, you will disagree and say but there are movies about outer space with bug like aliens, wizards living in Middle Earth, magic, mysticism, legends, and more. I agree, we have a vast range of the creative way of telling our stories, however, the heart of what we want to tell each other is about our human existence. A struggle to survive can be told in a countless number of ways. Two people in a plane crash on a snowy mountain is one way to frame it. I’m not complaining…no no no, I love this movie. Don’t start thinking this is a negative thing, the whole “same story, different movie” thing. Nope. I just want to make it clear that I am aware of the limits of some movies to make an impression on people because they don’t stray far from a formula, and I would say The Mountain Between Us might be one of those.
A man a woman, strangers, get into a small plane and then crash on that snowy mountain you see on the cover. It’s desolate, its foreboding, it’s cold, sooooo cold! They struggle to survive and in the process learn about themselves and each other. OK, so that’s not the most original concept for a story. Human vs. Nature, Human vs. Herself/Himself, these are the basics and it can be kind of heavy-handed at times. I mean, there are two people and through the story she has more moments of near death than a movie with a cast of many. The thing is, we need to feel the struggle, right? I get it. I did feel the struggle and the COLD. The way it’s shot and the direction of the performances, the real elements being the setting, it comes together to draw me in completely. I was with these two people through their journey and I was invested in what the end of their story would be. The formula is the starting point and everything on top of it, the cast, the harshness of the stunts and the sets, the dialog and the relationship that evolves, all makes this a movie I got lost in and loved every minute of it.
I might not have loved the lazy writing that leads our characters to situations that don’t fit the whole movie, but hey, I can live with that. Mr. Ascully didn’t like the obviousness of a lot of the things that happen, as I mentioned, these to have a LOT of action in their journey off this mountain, and it can feel forced. I accept the flaws. I still love it:)
Get a blanket and cup of hot tea/coffee or a glass of wine to warm your insides, this movie will make you COLD!
- Love & Survival: Creating Chemistry (13 Minutes) – EPK style featurette about the relationship between the two focal characters. Also some behind the scenes footage from the location used in the movie.
- The Wilds: Survival Stunts (6 Minutes) – A look at the plane crash and the other stunts in the film.
- Deleted Scenes (15 Minutes) – A whole bunch of scenes some of which are very fun.
- Director Commentary
- Theatrical Trailer
- Blu-ray, DVD & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art: 4/10
An average cover for a movie I think is better than that, a lot better. It looks more like a poster for a movie of the week, and there is nothing wrong with the old movies of the week, but the idea is they are pretty generic. I wouldn’t have this as a poster, and there are so many other images from this movie I would have on my wall.
Audio & Video: 9/10
20th Century Fox bring The Mountain Between Us home using an AVC 1080P transfer in 2.39:1 aspect ratio. This is a very detailed and highly cinematic movie that really looks excellent on Blu-ray. Detail is exceptional throughout with great color saturation and nice flesh tones. If I have any issues it’s the scenes in a cabin near the end that take a step down detail wise.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 mix comes to life almost instantly and once the plane gets into the air all bets are off. Surround channels are used throughout with dialog coming from different angles in places. Score and dialog are never fighting each other and sonically this is a presentation to beat.
Overall Score 8/10