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An Enemy to Die For (2012)
"En fiende att dö för" (original title)

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A German expedition with a international crew is in the remote Arctic ice when the 2nd world war starts, and they are commanded to take active part in the war. Soon they find themselves in a fight of life and death.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sven Nordin ...
Axel Prahl ...
Lukasz Simlat ...
Wireless Operator
First Mate (as Juha Leppajarvi)
Piotr Polk ...
Matthias Buss ...
Submarine Captain
Donald Douglas ...
British Admiral
Anna Kurkinen ...
Kai-Birger Sünram ...
Male Secretary
Godehard Giese ...
Major Dieter Knecht
Veit Stübner ...
German Minister


A German expedition is going to the Norwegian arctic islands of Svaldbard in late August 1939 (back then called Spitsbergen), trying to find proof of the theory that all land on Earth 300 million years ago was connected, before the land broke up into the continents we know today. Just days after arriving in the icy waters, the tense European pre-war situation gets more tense, when Germany then invades Poland, and the second world war starts. The expedition is German, and so is a couple of others, but the captain of the ship is Norwegian, and they also bring a Russian crew, and a Swede and a couple of Brits, one of them is even a Jew. Waiting to be contacted by their respective governments, since they now are all part of a German expedition in wartime, they continue their mission of finding proof of the German Alfred Wegener's theory of Pangaea. The German government is then commanding them to commit a military operation to help sink a British war ship with 1200 soldiers, and ending ... Written by OJT

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16 March 2012 (Sweden)  »

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En fiende att dö för  »

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In the penultimate scene the supposedly pre-WWII U-boat looks more like a 1960s NATO coastal submarine with discrete cannon and ack-acks mounted on the conning tower instead of one single gun mounted on the deck. See more »


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An engaging but flawed drama
15 October 2012 | by (Glebe, Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

It's hard to pigeon-hole this movie - suspense? Action? Thriller? Drama? None of the above? Certainly it has all of the above elements, but is not any one off them.

The story begins with a 1939 German-led scientific expedition with Brit and Swedish participants aimed at proving a theory about continental drift which goes haywire when members hear about the invasion of Poland. From this point what had been a mainly interpersonal drama - with several nice elements and a few excellent characterisations - moves into action and intrigue; more I will not say for fear of being branded a blab and nevermore allowed to insert my tuppence-worth here.

There are some very good characters, and some potentially excellent that didn't quite come off. I found the acting of high standard for the most part, but I feel that the script let the cast down by not giving them the scope to develop and project. I also feel that the script did not adequately establish the storyline - establishing scenes in a Nazi Ministry and a Brit Admiral's office bemused, bothered and bewildered rather than laid foundations of plot and character.

After this the story got under way and, while maintaining interest through good, credible action sequences and developing situations, had the feel most of the time that the 'good guys' would inevitably win. How it actually turns out I leave to you to watch the movie and find out; take my word, you will find it worth the 105 minutes.

If you are limited to English, you will need either a dubbed or subtitled version; and the subtitles I have seen so far comprise machine-translated English and way-out-of-sync times. I am preparing a rectified English sub which I will post on

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