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Arctic (2018)

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A man stranded in the Arctic after a helicopter crash must decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his makeshift camp or to embark on a deadly trek through the unknown.

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Joe Penna
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Mads Mikkelsen Braves the Elements in 'Arctic

Mads Mikkelsen and director Joe Penna share what it was like braving the extreme cold while shooting their survival tale in Iceland.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mads Mikkelsen ... Overgård
Maria Thelma Smáradóttir ... Young Woman (as María Thelma)
Tintrinai Thikhasuk Tintrinai Thikhasuk ... Helicopter Pilot
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Storyline

A man stranded in the Arctic after a helicopter crash must decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his makeshift camp or to embark on a deadly trek through the unknown in hopes of making it out alive. Written by Bleecker Street

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Taglines:

Survival is its own Journey.

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and some bloody images | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official Site

Country:

Iceland

Language:

English | Danish

Release Date:

31 January 2019 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Arctic See more »

Filming Locations:

Iceland

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,878, 3 February 2019, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,410,795, 9 May 2019
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39
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Trivia

The character's name in the film is "H. Overgard." The H is never defined, but has been hinted as Hannibal by the director. See more »

Goofs

The helicopter seen in the crash scene is a Bell 407. However, the wreck is of an MBB Bo 105. See more »

Quotes

Overgård: Where do you keep your medical kit? You understand what I'm saying? The medical kit?
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Stellar film-making with an outstanding performance by Mads Mikkelsen
15 April 2019 | by TheTopDawgCriticSee all my reviews

It's rare to find a film where the cast is only the one actor, and another that simply goes along for the ride - and pull it off.

YouTuber Joe Penna makes his full length feature film debut as producer, writer and director - an nailed it.

This is a simple film with a simple story, that effectively presents the battle of survival between man vs. nature.

The directing was perfection, the cinematography on point, the visuals absolutely stunning, and the score just right. Mads Mikkelsen gave an Oscar worthy performance - and that's with pretty much zero dialogue.

My only critique was the films 98 min length. Although the editing was good, and the pacing decent, the 'meat and bones' of the story didn't fit the length. This film should have been a little shorter, or more conflict added to the story.

Nevertheless, Arctic is the perfect example of old-school, straight-up stellar film-making. Don't go into this expecting any Hollywood action or dramatics.. this is simple and natural adventure and suspense.

A well deserved 8/10 from me.


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