Now out on Blu-ray and DVD, the first rate adventure/romance drama The Mountain Between Us centers on two strangers who are stranded in a remote area with little hope for survival. Photojournalist Alex Martin (Kate Winslet) and brain surgeon Ben Bass (Idris Elba) were the passengers on a chartered plane which crash lands in this snowy and unforgiving environment, and now both have their own viewpoints on how to proceed. Ben is determined to stay near the crash site and wait for help while Alex wants to traverse new ground in hopes of finding civilization. Though the dead pilot’s (Beau Bridges) dog is also a part of the story, The Mountain Between Us is essentially a visually arresting two hander. Filled with spot on performances between the leads, the feature also is blessed with natural chemistry between Elba and Winslet, and their growing affection towards each other is palpable.
Click on the media bar below to hear Winslet talk about shooting in the high altitudes featured in The Mountain Between Us:
The Blu-ray version comes with several featurettes, and audio commentary from director Hany Abu-Assad, and deleted scenes. The fourteen minutes worth of cut scenes are, like most of the film, beautiful eye candy, and it’s interesting to hear Abu-Assad’s commentary on why these scenes are left out. There’s a particular scene in a cave which is particularly eye-catching, but the filmmaker makes a point to show that each of these sequences repeated similar beats that were already part of the story.
The Mountain Between Us is now available on Blu-ray and DVD viaFox Connect.
Happy Death Day was the #1 film in its debut weekend, taking in $26.5 million to beat easily beat out the competition. Blade Runner 2049 came in at the second spot with $15.1 million which, considering its budget is estimated at $150 million, was a disappointing showing. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. Happy Death Day – $26.5 million
2. Blade Runner 2049 – $15.1 million
3. The Foreigner – Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan action flick takes in $12.8 million.
4. It – One of this year’s biggest hits collects $6 million this weekend.
5.The Mountain Between Us – Kate Winslet and Idris Elba drama rakes in $5.65 million and to date it’s amassed over $20 million at the box office.
6. American Made – $5.4 million
7. Kingsman: The Golden Circle – $5.3 million
8. The LEGO Ninjago Movie – $4.3 million
9. My Little Pony: The Movie – $4 million
10. Victoria and Abdul – Critically beloved film collects $3.1 million and to date it’s made over $40 million worldwide.
Although it was the clear cut #1 earner at the box office, Blade Runner 2049 still disappointed with its $31.5 million showing since its budget is estimated at $150 million. Fellow newcomer The Mountain Between Us also under performed with a meager $10.1 million showing (though it did capture the second spot). Overall it was a disappointing box office weekend, as many moviegoers simply decided to spend their weekends elsewhere. Here’s the top 10:
1. Blade Runner 2049 – $31.5 million
2. The Mountain Between Us – Iris Elba and Kate Winslet’s star power wasn’t enough as this movie is a box office misfire. $10.1 million.
3. It – Hit movie collects $9.7 million and to date it’s amassed over $304 million domestically.
4. My Little Pony: The Movie – $8.8 million
5. Kingsman: The Golden Circle – $8.1 million
6. American Made – Tom Cruise flick makes $8 million this weekend and to date has a worldwide gross of $98 million.
7. The LEGO Ninjago Movie – $6.75 million
8. Victoria and Abdul – $4.1 million
9. Flatliners – Critically drubbed remake collects $3.8 million
The Mountain Between Us is a drama centering on a photo journalist (Kate Winslet) and neurosurgeon (Idris Elba) who survive a chartered plane crash only to be stuck amidst snowy peaks (the Purcell Mountains in British Columbia). These strangers must band together to survive the wintry chills and dangerous animals that await them (spoiler alert: it’s a mountain lion!).
“I loved this idea that these two characters would sustain an entire film from start to finish,” said Winslet. “I found that really interesting. I had never read a script like that before. I also really believed in what the story says in terms of you can change as a person in immeasurable ways and it’s perfectly possible to experience something in your life and never really go back to what your life once was before or what you thought was life or what you thought your life was going to become.”
Click on the media bar to hear Winslet talk about the challenges of shooting in such high altitudes with The Mountain Between Us.
The Mountain Between Us opens nationwide October 6.
Kate Winslet will receive the Actors Inspiration Award from the SAG-AFTRA Foundation for her career achievements and philanthropy. The event takes place November 9 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.
Winslet, an Oscar winner for her work in The Reader, has been nominated for an Academy Award seven times and has received a SAG, Golden Globe, and Emmy for the HBO series Mildred Pierce. She will next be seen opposite Idris Elbain the drama The Mountain Between Us (click on the media bar below to hear Winslet talk about her latest film).
“We are so proud to honor Kate Winslet with our Actors Inspiration Award,” said SAG-AFTRA Foundation President JoBeth Williams. “Without a doubt, Kate is an incomparable actress who we admire for her work and contribution to our craft. Yet, what makes Kate this year’s honoree is the work she does behind the scenes making a difference in the lives of children and adults living with autism through her Golden Hat Foundation while simultaneously supporting so many other worthwhile charities.”
For more information on the event, check out SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s official website.