Arctic

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  98 min.
In theatres:
February 8, 2019 - Toronto
February 15, 2019 - Vancouver, Montréal
February 22, 2019 - Expands
March 1, 2019 - Ottawa

Current rating: Rating: 5.00
based on 12 votes and 4 reviews
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Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Maria Thelma Smáradóttir

Synopsis

When the cargo plane he's on crashes, Overgard (Mads Mikkelsen) finds himself stranded in the Arctic. Hoping for rescue, he carves a giant S.O.S. in the snow, turns the plane into a makeshift cabin and ice fishes for food. Weeks pass, but he reasons that by staying put in the downed plane he has a better chance of surviving than if he set out on the frozen tundra.

When a helicopter flies overhead, he hopes for rescue, but the chopper is caught in a powerful draft and also crashes, killing the pilot and seriously injuring the co-pilot. He pulls the co-pilot out and fixes a gash she's sustained. The helicopter provides him with a lighter and a sled, which leads him to debate putting the woman, who slips in and out of consciousness, on the sled in an effort to leave the crash site and find civilization.

Director: Joe Penna
Studio: Elevation Pictures
Producer(s): Christopher Lemole, Tim Zajaros, Noah C. Haeussner
Screenplay: Joe Penna, Ryan Morrison

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  • 5 stars "I really, really like this movie. The story is as simple as can be and yet I was glued to the screen. Mads Mikkelsen is perfect and the sweeping shots of the snow and hills are magical and sinister in it's context. Sometimes simple can be fantastic!"
  • 5 stars "A slew of survival films rely on thin backstories and forced drama to eek out emotion - Arctic is the polar opposite. I absolutely loved it."
  • 5 stars "Loved it!! Really something to see on the big screen. Mads is fantastic, the story is gripping and the sound makes it so intense. I would watch this again gladly! 5/5"