I love trailers. I think there is a special skill to putting together a good trailer. It must capture the attention and entice an audience but give very little away so that the viewer doesn’t feel like they’ve already seen the movie. Very few trailers master this but there are many that try and get very close. Every day I will highlight a new trailer which manages to successfully get me excited for a movie. Today Elba and Winslet get on the wrong plane…
On first look it appears that The Mountain Between Us could be a generic romance, probably about overcoming some affliction, mental illness or grief. Add the cast of Idris Elba and Kate Winslet and this is confirmed further. Except the trailer shows the Mountain is not figurative but literal and the two principle cast members have to survive on top of it after a plane crash.
This now becomes a more interesting prospect as two strangers must rely on each other to survive. Idris Elba is always excellent and I’d watch him read the dictionary dramatically while Kate Winslet has shown she can deliver when required too. This film now looks like a much more interesting prospect.
Overall, The Mountain Between Us could be an interesting survival movie with a slight twist on the usual formula. Add Idris Elba to anything and I’d watch it though.