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The life and facts of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, the first man to arrive on the South Pole.

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Espen Sandberg

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Ravn Lanesskog
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pål Sverre Hagen ... Roald Amundsen
Christian Rubeck ... Leon Amundsen
Katherine Waterston ... Bess Magids
Trond Espen Seim ... Fridtjof Nansen
Glenn Andre Kaada Glenn Andre Kaada ... Oscar Wisting
Ida Ursin-Holm ... Kiss Bennett
Ruby Dagnall Ruby Dagnall ... Aline Amundsen
Mads Sjøgård Pettersen ... Helmer Hanssen
Fridtjov Såheim ... Hjalmar Johansen
Kenneth Åkerland Berg Kenneth Åkerland Berg ... Sverre Hassel
Elg Elgesem Elg Elgesem ... Olav Bjaaland
Herbert Nordrum Herbert Nordrum ... Kristian Presterud
Jonas Strand Gravli ... Leif Dietrichson
Ole Christoffer Ertvaag ... Hjalmar Riiser-Larsen
Ted Otis ... Lincoln Ellsworth
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Norway, 1926. After read a newspaper about Roald Amundsen's missing in the North Pole, his brother Leon leaves his house to walk to the next door Roald's house, to await news. Taking him wrongly as a thief, Leon is hit by Bess Brigads, Roald's younger love interest. Introducing each other, Bess learns by Leon about a child Roald Amundsen, who rose with a happy family with his parents and other three brothers fascinated by North and South Pole, after the unknown and uncharted lands due to the extreme conditions of survival by the so much below zero temperatures. When their father died during one of his usual sea voyages and their mother died by disease a little time later, Roald and Leon strengthened his bonds caring each other in their wish to be the first men to arrive North Pole, where Roald would be the explorer and Leon the financier to get a team and the enough money for the travel. But in 1908 Frederick Cook's claiming to have arrived North Pole force them to change the plans: ... Written by Chockys

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The film gives the impression Amundsen's competitor Ronald F. Scott did use just ponies and motorized sleds, whereas Scott in fact started with more dogs than ponies on his unfortunate trip. But he did not use dogs on the last leg of his trip contrary to all advice and counsel. See more »

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Emotionally flat about one of the greatest polar explores
18 February 2019 | by Bml-93See all my reviews

AMUNDSEN is another exploration of a key figure in Norwegian history by director Espen Sandberg, whom previously has been a part of MAX MANUS and KON-TIKI. Two films that also highlights great achievements by Norwegians. As a very small country, us Norwegians have a tendency to root for and glorify people that achieves the spectacular, and we celebrate them as heroes. AMUNDSEN is a film about Roald Amundsen, a Norwegian polar explorer that lead the first expedition to traverse the Northwest Passage and the first first expedition to the South Pole amongst other things.

It's a film that attempts to explain and provide insight into who Roald Amundsen was, more so than to retell his expeditions. This is not an action-oriented film that focuses on the fight between man and nature. Much of the film is kind of told through a conversation between Amundsen's brother and Bess Magids, one of Amundsen's romances. This is the framework of the film, with Amundsen's achievements plotted in between throughout this conversation. It's a fine enough structure in theory and I appreciate that the filmmakers have decided to not just show an expedition and leave it at that, but instead to fully explore the man behind these great achievements. It doesn't glorify him or lift his hero status in any way. He's portrayed as a very flawed and slightly bitter man outside of his accomplishments. Unfortunately, the film only seems to scrape the surface of who he was. Heck, I would say that the film only touches the surface of everything it introduces.

The huge issue with AMUNDSEN is that it feels like a PowerPoint presentation with bullet points from Wikipedia to jump into every aspect of his life. The film is focused on trying to tell so much that it barely tells anything, but more importantly, it feels dramatically flat. Amundsen's relationship with Bess Magids is never properly explored. We're never told why they really care for each other. Amundsen's relationship with his brother, which is one of the biggest parts of the story, never leaves the emotionally impact that it should. It's too quickly glossed over. Even Amundsen's journey to the South Pole feels underwhelming. We're constantly told throughout the film that it's a dangerous expedition, but they don't show us that. When Amundsen finally reaches the South Pole (which is very early in the film), we should feel a sense of triumph, but instead I just sat there with a shoulder shrug. And that's the thing, the structure of the film doesn't work. It never lingers on the moments that are important in defining who Amundsen was, what the people around him meant to him, or what Amundsen meant to the people around him. It moves too quickly, but yet so slowly.

The performances are fine. Pål Sverre Hagen does a solid job as Amundsen (though the make-up used to make him look older is slightly distracting). The cinematography is great. There are couple of beautiful shots in it and you could see that the budget has been well-used. Which is why it's such a shame that film is struggling on a narrative level.


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15 February 2019 (Norway) See more »

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