Going to the movies can be a stressful experience, and not just because you may have to take out a personal loan in order to afford both your ticket AND a frozen coke.
This week, I had one such stressful movie experience.
I happily settled in to watch a preview screening of Kate Winslet and Idris Elba’s new flick, The Mountain Between Us, and it would be safe to say that my expectations were a little off the charts.
When two actors of this calibre team up for a movie that is billed as a fast paced adventure laced with an in-depth look at how humans deal with extreme life and death adversary, you’re expecting to see a film that’s more entreating than the usual fare of half-hearted popcorn flicks that have been on offer of late.
The movie itself is quite riveting, and because of Winslet and Elba’s performances you care deeply about the fates of their characters, Alex and Ben, from the moment they appear on screen. Yet this movie is very hard to watch.
In fact, it’s downright stressful.
I’m talking clutch the stranger’s hand next to you, heart in your stomach, call your loved ones as soon as you exit the theatre levels of stress and panic here.
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First up, if you’ve laid eyes on any of the promotional material that’s been doing the rounds in the lead up to the movie’s release, it won’t be a surprise to you that the film kicks off with a horrifying plane crash.
The seeds of fear are planted as soon as our fearless heroes cavalierly jump onto a tiny, poorly-kept plane. One that doesn’t look quite able to fly over a lawn mower let alone a mountain, and take off into the skies.
They do this without a second thought, even though their pilot happily admits that he didn’t bother to file a flight plan and neither of these travellers, who were stressed out after their original commercial flight was cancelled, bother to call their loved ones/places of work to let them know what is happening.
Considering Ben is a neurosurgeon charged with cutting into people’s brains and Alex is a photographer who specialises in covering high danger zones, you’d think that maybe one of them would have predicted that this course of action was going to end in tears…