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An Inuit man is accused of the brutal double murder of his mother and brother, but he claims no memory of the crime. Big city lawyer Peter Radwell (Priestley) is sent up North to defend him... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Peter Radwell
Dr. Macy Olsen
Natar Ungalaaq ...
Jimmy Tarniq
Makka Kleist ...
Sarah Ledger
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Judge Walter
Dennis Envoldsen ...
Outpost Officer
Bill Forbes ...
Paul Jessen ...
Lamech Kadloo ...
Lillian Kai ...


An Inuit man is accused of the brutal double murder of his mother and brother, but he claims no memory of the crime. Big city lawyer Peter Radwell (Priestley) is sent up North to defend him. Together with psychiatrist Macy Olsen, he discovers a risky and unusual defense. Written by anonymous

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13 June 2004 (Canada)  »

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A very typical made for TV production.
17 January 2010 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Nothing too great or interesting here. Just a very typical made for TV production, with average actors, an average look and an average story to tell. I think I would had liked watching this all better had it just been a "Law & Order" episode, or something along those lines.

Thing with this movie is that it just isn't a very compelling one. Quite frankly I don't see why we should care about this case or the person that is being prosecuted for it. The person is just a mumbling and boring looking person. Who should care if he gets find guilty or not. He does nothing in this movie to make us as a viewer want him to stay out of jail, so he can be with his wife and new born child. All he does is moaning about how guilty he is and feels. It also really doesn't help that Natar Ungalaaq just isn't the greatest actor of the movie. Same really goes for all of the Inuit characters unfortunately.

No, it's just not the most involving movie out there. And basically the reason for them to say at the beginning that this movie got based on true events is because none of the viewers would had otherwise really believed the far fetched story and defense strategy by the lawyer.

You also do have to give the movie some credit though. It's nice to see a movie being set in the Inuit community and it seems like the movie got actually shot at location for some part. The movie tries to be respectful toward the community but they seem to have forgotten that in order to succeed to create some likability and affection toward the Inuit people you really need to show some more of the culture and the actual people living there. The movie just doesn't really go deep enough with this and all we have basically now is the Jason Priestley character sitting down in his apartment and telling how he suddenly likes the Inuit people. He might had just as well sat down in a New York subway and afterward would had said; Hey, I kind of like these people and respect them. It would had made just as much sense really. It's just some very simple and lazy writing and story-telling.

It's also a real shame that they felt the need to throw in a love story as well. The sex scene within this movie literally comes out of nowhere and it is no way clear to me at which point these two characters started to fall in love with each other.

I must admit though that Jason Priestley did a pretty decent job with his role. He of course still suffers from his pretty boy "Beverly Hills, 90210" image but he surprisingly is believable as a defense attorney in this movie.

Not really a movie good or interesting enough to consider it worth watching or searching out but when you by chance happen to catch it sometime on TV you won't feel too displeased watching it. It's all not that bad.



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