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The Mountain Between Us

OUT NOW! The Oscar-baiting THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US is a toe-curling embarrassment in its mix of disaster movie and odd-couple romance.

For his sophomore English-language feature, Palestinian double Oscar nominee Abu-Assad (Paradise Now) teams up with two of Britain’s finest A-listers to tackle a sweeping bestseller. On paper it might sound at worst like inoffensive end-of-year awards bait, but this uneasy blend of disaster movie and odd-couple romance is a rancid Christmas turkey. Stranded on a snowy mountainside after their private plane crashes, free-spirited photojournalist Alex (Winslet) and dishy neurosurgeon Ben (Elba) must contend with broken bones, punishing weather conditions and roaming cougars before they can begin to find love in a hopeless place. The lack of chemistry between the pair is truly breathtaking to behold – I’m struggling to recall a less convincing or appealing recent screen couple. Mind-numbingly pedestrian action sequences and a head-spinningly clunky script seal the film’s fate as borderline unwatchable.

The Mountain Between Us | Directed by Hany Aby-Assad (USA 2017) with Idris Elba, Kate Winslet. Starts December 7

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