Rent Arctic (2018)

3.4 of 5 from 284 ratings
1h 34min
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Synopsis:
Mads Mikkelsen gives a tour de force performance as a pilot whose plane has crashed in a remote corner of the Arctic. Stranded in the wilderness he uses his ingenuity to survive. When about to receive his long-awaited rescue, an explosive accident means his opportunity is lost and the dire situation further complicated. The tragic turn of events, involving another crash survivor forces the pilot to make a perilous choice between the relative safety of his camp and a deadly trek into the unknown.
Actors:
, Maria Thelma Smáradóttir, Tintrinai Thikhasuk
Directors:
Joe Penna
Producers:
Noah C. Haeussner, Christopher Lemole, Tim Zajaros
Writers:
Joe Penna, Ryan Morrison
Studio:
Signature Entertainment
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Drama, Thrillers
Countries:
Iceland, Top 100 Films, Action & Adventure, Drama, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
24/06/2019
Run Time:
94 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Deleted Scenes
BBFC:
Release Date:
24/06/2019
Run Time:
98 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Deleted Scenes

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Reviews (5) of Arctic

So-so, mostly wordless Arctic Survival Drama. Brrrrr! - Arctic review by PV

Spoiler Alert
06/07/2019

This film is OK and stars Mads Mikkelsen who is a GREAT actor (watch THE HUNT). But I just think WHY?

Maybe it's an attempt to ape other survival dramas like The Revenant or Everest or others?

You can PREDICT there will be lots of ice and falling down crevasse and, as this is the Arctic, yes to polar bears and no penguins (no spoilers!)

At the end you just feel a bit MEH really.

Weird watching it in the heat of summer as I did too. I felt like getting some ice cubes out of the freezer, just for the empathy...

Not bad but a bit pointless, and not even as one would expect, a true story. Mads Mikkelsen can do MUCH better than this.

3 stars

3 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

Tale of endurance with something missing - Arctic review by AB

Spoiler Alert
26/07/2019

So this film is another mostly exciting, epic tale of endurance in glacial conditions. Mads Mikkelsen acts his socks off for most of the film. But I feel a bit cheated by both the start and end of the film. The start because the plane has already crashed and we get no back story about who Overgard (the Mikkelsen character) is, what he is doing in the Arctic, and how come he is so proficient in survival techniques. And the end because the film ends abruptly without telling us what happened to the two survivors - did they in fact both survive? Still, I think it is worth a watch. Oh, and if ever your plane goes down in the Arctic, stay where you are and wait for rescue!!

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Cold survival - Arctic review by AL

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06/09/2019

I really liked this film. I liked the openness of the story; no back story or flashbacks to explain what went before and plenty of occurrences that could be taken several ways, love it! Makes a refreshing change from the formulatic rubbish that gets made recently.

Very minimal dialogue that just adds to the atmosphere and some epic acting.

Well worth a watch.

0 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Arctic review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

Arctic is a survival adventure smart enough to know where its strengths lie. It’s not in the dialogue which mostly amounts to cursing and long-winded speeches about life in this type of scenario. It’s not in the action of a crash-landing plane or the dangers of local wildlife, though that is present within the film. No, the true appeal of these types of pictures is the mood it sets. And here is a film-wise enough to know that watching Mads Mikkelsen struggling to brave a stranded stay on a snowy mountain is compelling enough with bloated melodrama ramblings.

Mikelson finds himself as the sole survivor of a plane crash. His supplies are limited. Food is sparse. Fire is limited. The cold continues to mount. Wolves are near. But Mikelson holds his own with very little in terms of resources and words. He lumbers through the environment, silently seeking civilization. He hunts for food. Sometimes he is lucky but not often. He has flares but, of course, the one plane that passes by will not see it. A twinge of hope that flickers out, as most survival adventures do. It could never be so easy.

The first half of the film meanders with Mikelson and it plays fairly well. Watching him scrounge through the endless white and trying to shut out his despair when all on his own is quite the performance. There’s no shortage of actors who could pull off this stranded character trope, slowly losing their mind as they gain frost on their faces. Mikelson is particularly interested in how he maintains a consistent silence of control. He realizes he can’t stay in the same spot for too long but tries to remain calm in such a dire situation. This limited voice makes his cries from when his attempt at a flare-based rescue goes wrong, hit far harder than the actor screaming with his fists punching the snow. The struggle remains mostly internal.

Those fearing this is the whole movie may be relieved when the tension ramps up higher in the second act. His wife (Maria Thelma Smáradóttir) is alive but not responding and she won’t last long if he doesn’t act fast. He’ll have to ask fast, especially when there’s a wolf right outside the crashed plane he has converted into a shelter. They’ll have to make the long trek and it won’t be easy. Their journey is fraught with much peril, at one point involves wolves and ice. And from there the tension keeps mounting so that by the time a helicopter will finally arrive, there’s a sense of relief.

Arctic is the directorial debut of Joe Penna and it’s not half-bad for a fairly predictable genre. It follows all the familiar tropes but mostly follows them with a certain grace, playing up the survival instinct with earnest. There’s little here to subvert from the familiar, mostly keeping on track right down to the moment of wolf prowls on into the shelter, growls, and forces Mad to get violent. But it’s sufficient production with lots of great shots and a strong performance from Milkeson considering he’s working with so little, in more ways than one.

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