If you are wondering “why would I watch another survival movie”, here’s simply my take:
The directing / DOP is stupendous. The landscape is phenomenal as the conditions the film was shot under. The lens has captured majestic and mesmerizing scenery that definitely worths your attention. Acting-wise, Idris Elba and Kate Winslet make sure to pass on not only the survival’s despair but also their past’s as well as their future’s.
That said, what gives extra credits to their performance is the fact that a well-worn story needs development outside the box. And this one really needed it. Mentioning that their food supply is next to nothing, a limp, a cougar, a couple of slides, finding shelter, straight hair and still quite well-trimmed beard respectively, falling claiming that they can’t do it anymore but then they keep on walking anyway, and more that I don’t want to give away… don’t make one empathize. I know that it is not appealing for a beautiful couple like them to be shown… doing their need but it’s a survival movie, isn’t it?
So, going back to the original question, why bother? For one last reason; the ending. To find out what, surprisingly, the real mountain between them is.