Arctic (2018)


“Where do you keep your medical kit? You understand what I’m saying? The medical kit?” Overgård

Number of Times Seen – 1 (29 Apr 2019)

Brief Synopsis – After being stranded in the wastelands of the Arctic following a plane crash, a man must decide whether to stay where he is and await rescue or move across the treacherous tundra in the hope of finding a way to civilization.

My Take on it – This is a film that I was quite interested in seeing especially once I knew that it was a story about one man’s survival against the elements.

Movies in this kind of genre are generally hit or miss since not only must the story remain captivating but the sole character must also find a way to keep things interesting all by his/her lonesome.

Robert Redford did it in All is Lost (2013) and on a lesser scale, Sandra Bullock did it in Gravity (2013) with some help from George Clooney.

This film has much potential yet it fails in both of the aspects mentioned earlier; the story isn’t captivating enough and the character isn’t able to make us really care about his plight or the fact that he is all alone.

Instead the film is presented in quite a boring way which takes so much away from things.

Mads Mikkelson is a fine actor, but he has a lot of difficulty carry this story (and film) as a whole all by himself because he grunts too much and just has a few short lines of dialogue.

The best aspect of this film is the cinematography since it allows us to feel the absolute desolation of this region which helps make us realize the desperation felt during such a tale of survival.

Bottom Line – Great idea that just doesn’t work well enough because it comes across as being quite boring. This film fails to utilize similar techniques that other recent “singular man against the elements” used in order to keep the story moving and not feeling tedious at all. Mikkelson is a fine actor, but he has trouble carrying this story (and film) all by himself with just a few lines of dialogue and lots of grunting.  The cinematography is amazing to look at since we get a clear idea about the vast desolation that surrounds this tale of survival.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Overgard’s ID photo shows a younger Mads Mikkelsen. It is the same photo used in the TV show Hannibal to show a young Hannibal Lecter. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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4 thoughts on “Arctic (2018)

  1. Agree with Keith. Disagree with you Rob – 100% This movie was riveting. Tense. Mikkelson gave a towering performnce with nary a word of dialogue. I was cold just watching it. Very well done.

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