That’s a shame, because Abu-Assad is a director who could bring a fresh perspective to Hollywood films like this. (“The Mountain Between Us,” which premiered on Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival, is being released by 20th Century Fox.)
The film, based on the novel by Charles Martin, stars Idris Elba and Kate Winslet as Ben and Alex, strangers who charter a small plane when their flights are cancelled due to storm. On the way to Denver, their pilot suffers a stroke and the plane crashes high in the mountains, leading them on an excruciating trek back to civilization.
The director shot his film in the Canadian Rockies and didn’t use green screen except in the crash scene, and he doesn’t try to pump up the drama — not that he has to, given the stakes and the difficulty of what the characters are trying to accomplish. But the journey was a slow, painstaking one, and
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