|Directed by||:||Hany Abu-Assad||Produced by||:||Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, David Ready||Based on||:||The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin||Starring||:||Idris Elba, Kate Winslet||Production company||:||Chernin Entertainment, Fox 2000 Pictures||Country||:||United States|
Chris Hicks: ‘Lucky,’ ‘The Mountain Between Us,’ ‘American Made’ on home video
Kate Winslet and Idris Elba elevate "The Mountain Between Us," now on Blu-ray, DVD and various streaming sites.
Several recent theatrical films have made their way this week to Blu-ray, DVD and various streaming platforms.
“Lucky” (Magnolia, 2017, not rated/probable R for language, featurettes, trailer). Harry Dean Stanton, who died in September at age 91, has a rare leading role in this engaging, low-key character study as an old coot in a Southwest desert town whose daily routines are what they are and will likely never change. In episodic fashion, the film chronicles a series of little moments in his life, the small revelations that spring from them — and Stanton, both cranky and lovable, is perfect. His co-stars include filmmaker David Lynch (“Twin Peaks”), Ron Livingston, Ed Begley Jr. and Stanton’s 1979 “Alien” co-star Tom Skerritt.
“The Mountain Between Us” (Fox, 2017, PG-13, deleted scenes, audio commentary, featurettes). With actors of a lesser caliber, this would be just one more mediocre entry in the survival-in-the-wilderness genre. But Idris Elba and Kate Winslet make the forced camaraderie of their prickly characters more believable than it has any right to be, as they struggle to survive after their small plane crashes on a remote snow-covered mountain. Elba and Winslet are great; the script needed more work. With Beau Bridges.
“American Made” (Universal, 2017; R for language, sex, nudity, violence; deleted scenes, featurettes). This gritty true story takes advantage of Tom Cruise’s 1,000-watt charm to tell the true story of TWA pilot Barry Seal, who became a drug mule for both the CIA and the South American cartel, a relationship eventually exposed in the Iran-Contra scandal. The film is witty, funny and exciting, but after a while you may wonder why you’re expected to root for someone who helped lay the groundwork for America’s opioid crisis.