When the young republic of The Netherlands is attacked by England, France and Germany and the country itself is on the brink of civil war, only one man can lead the county's strongest weapon, the Dutch fleet: Michiel de Ruyter.
When conditions are right an infamous ice-skating race is held in the north of the Netherlands. The 200 km race must be completed by midnight and everyone who finishes receives a medal. ... See full summary »
Steven de Jong
Willeke van Ammelrooy,
This fact based drama chronicles the last journey of Willem Barentsz and Jacob van Heemskerk on their search for a new passage to the Indies. Due to icy waters, they are stranded on the island of Novaya Zemlya and have to spend the winter there. The story is told through the eyes of Gerrit de Veer, an officer on the same voyage, and is loosely based on the famous diary he published in 1598 after his safe return. Written by
I think the main problem here is the directing. The director does not have a lot of experience or talent, and it shows in the movie. The 'making of' segments of this movie, and accounts from the actors, paint a picture of a director who pretty much goes berserk the entire time, and has a directing style that consists mainly of yelling and screaming. The result is that all creative input from a talented cast is killed off right away. It is kind of similar to dominant, loud, and demanding parents, which inevitably produce shy and beaten down kids. Bringing out the best in your actors requires a certain amount of trust. If you ever had a boss who is not in control, and hence wants to control each and every second of your life, you know what the result is. The movie quickly becomes a drag, and I had several instances where I just wanted to walk out. I stayed because of Doutzen Kroes...the question is only: what the heck was she doing in that movie ?
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