Survival is Everything in “Arctic”
Date: February 1st,
Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, María Thelma Smáradóttir
Director: Joe Penna
Studio: Armory Films, Union Entertainment Group, Pegasus Pictures
Distributor: Bleecker Street
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The Mads Mikkelsen Polar Duology is complete, with Polar on Netflix and now Arctic arriving in theaters. They are very different, of course, but it’s fun how these things line up. Anyways, on to Arctic!
Arctic is one of the best survival films I’ve ever seen. Incredibly fine-tuned, the movie has no wasted moments or stretched segments. It is tight, at a lean 97 minutes, and every moment has the audience holding their breath, waiting for success or failure as Mads’s Overgard makes a treachours hike across the Arctic in search of salvation.
The movie begins with
So, it has been for what appear to be many days, and so it
Arctic will have you on the edge of your seat, heart pounding over the simplest of scenes, Overgard pulling a sled of supplies, your ears straining to hear any sign of safety or threat. It’s a simple tale, but an effective one. If you have any interest in these sorts of stories, a simple Man vs. Nature struggle, then you are sure to enjoy this.