The Mountain Between Us – Movie Discussion
When Alex and Ben, two strangers, charter a plane and the pilot dies mid-flight, they find themselves lost in miles of snowy, mountain wilderness. Alex is injured. No one knows where they are. All means of communication are destroyed. Their only hope is to get themselves out.
Alex urges Ben to go on without her. She is only going to hold him back because of her injuries. He would have a better chance of survival without her, but he refuses to leave her behind. She offers to sacrifice herself for him. He sacrifices himself for her. They know their odds of survival are almost impossible, but they have to try. And together, they do survive.
Even though it seemed that Ben would have been better off without her, he needed her. They kept each other going emotionally. She offered a different perspective and insight into their situation. And later, their roles were reversed and it was she who saved him.
The movie is an on-going illustration of the Biblical principle that he who wishes to save his life will lose it. But, in losing their lives for another’s sake, they found it. (The verse is actually, “For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it,” Matthew 16:25.) It was only because Alex and Ben each willingly gave their lives for each other, that they saved their lives. Had they tried to save themselves, they both would have died. Similarly, they both demonstrate Jesus’ words in John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friend.”