Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Mountain between Us (12a) Hh Hhh

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Mountain between Us (12a) Hh Hhh

Article excerpt

A PLANE crash in mountainous terrain brings together two strangers on different emotional flight paths in director Hany Abu-Assad's romantic drama.

Based on the novel by Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us is a gooey collision of beautiful people in peril: a female photographer on assignment for a national UK newspaper for a story about neo-Nazis, and a gifted male neurosurgeon, who asserts the brain is the most important organ in the body.

Abu-Assad's picture pays considerably more attention to the heart than the brain, orchestrating an impossible yet irresistible attraction between two people who shouldn't be together.

The script goes into freefall well before a bravura crash sequence, which the director seemingly captures in a single fluid take, his camera gliding back and forth inside the fuselage until the inevitable, sickening plunge towards terra firma.

Oscar winner Kate Winslet and Golden Globe winner Idris Elba don't have a great deal to work with but both actors threaten to melt the 10 inches of spring snow with their lustful glances and heartfelt delivery of corny dialogue. …

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