Adventure


The Mountain Between Us


MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Adventure
Runtime:
103 mins
Stars:
Idris Elba, Kate Winslet
Director:
Hany Abu-Assad
Producer:
Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, David Ready, Jenno Topping

Content at a Glance

3
Sex

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
4
Language

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
2
Violence

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
1
Drugs

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
2
Nudity

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
×
2
Other

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
×

Sex


kissing is shown between a few couples; a sex scene that, although doesn't become strongly graphic, still shows a lot of passion between a couple and exploring of each other's body—and the woman is engaged to be married.

Language


several utterances of "jc," "j," "lord," "omg," "f," and "s"

Violence


the violence of the plane crash; a dead man is seen with some blood on his face; a woman is seen with blood on her face; a dead man is buried in the snow; a dog is heard being attacked by a cougar and he whines; a woman shoots a cougar in the face with a flare gun; a man injures his foot and leg when he accidentally steps into a bear trap.

Drugs


drinking in a few scenes

Nudity


cleavage in a couple of scenes; a shirtless man is seen; part of a woman's breast is seen through her thin t-shirt.

Other


tension between characters; a woman falls into the water when the ice breaks on a lake and she almost drowns; a man carries a woman's urine out of the plane and dumps it outside.


Trailer



Synopsis

Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow-covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across the wilderness.


Movie Message

The Mountain Between Us is a realistic portrayal of survival after a plane carrying two passengers crashes on a mountain, covered by snow. The pilot is killed and the two survivors, Ben (Idris Elba) and Alex (Kate Winslet), are left to fend for themselves. Well, not quite. The pilot's dog survives and he does help out in a few instances. Ben and Alex wind up calling him "Walter's dog" as they don't know his name. Beau Bridges plays Walter the pilot. With these two thrown together, the film does raise interesting questions in the viewer's mind. Would I make the same decisions as they do? How would I react, thrown together with another person and having to depend on that other person to help me survive? In this case Ben, a surgeon, has to help the injured Alex, a journalist, by treating her wounds and carrying her urine away in a pot.



When they become their most frustrated—they are short on food, warmth, and hope—they blame each other for the circumstances. The airline canceled the flight of the plane they were both going to travel on and it was Alex that arranged for the small plane to take them to their destination. Yet, as they continue to rely on each other, they begin to form a bond that becomes more powerful and turns romantic. Is it real? Or is it the circumstances of them relying on each other for survival? Do they get rescued or find their way to civilization? Do they stay together? The acting is strong and the story unfolds nicely in a naturalistic setting in the mountains and woods. Due to several strong utterances of language and a sex scene, we are unable to present our Dove Seal to the film. It does a good job in showcasing great locations and prompting the viewer to consider the choices that would have to be made if he/she were in an identical situation.

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