"The 12th Man" is a breath-taking war thriller about an incredible true-life story of heroism and a man's unbreakable will to live. Norway, 1943: after a failed anti-Nazi sabotage mission leaves his eleven comrades dead, Norwegian resistance fighter Jan Baalsrud (Thomas Gullestad) finds himself on the run from the Gestapo through the snowbound Arctic reaches of Scandinavia led by Kurt Stage (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). It's a harrowing journey across unforgiving, frozen wilderness that will stretch on for months - and force Jan to take extreme action in order to survive. The legendary story of Jan Baalsrud's escape remains one of the wildest, most unfathomable survival stories of World War II.
Epic tale of endurance
- The 12th Man review by AB
An epic tale about a Norwegian resistance fighter, Jan Baalsrud, desperately trying to escape from the Gestapo after a failed mission. The Arctic conditions are a greater adversary than the Nazis. Jan is close to death many times during his escape. The film is as much about the brave Norwegians who helped him as it is about Jan. The lead actor is tremendous in the role of Jan, Oscar material I believe.
Overall then, an exciting WWII story of heroism and endurance. Mostly in Norwegian, subtitled.
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A Hard Look at Wartime
- The 12th Man review by KW
A very good film covering one of the many missions that were tried during WW2 to disrupt the Germans in Norway. Based on actual events it clearly shows the extremes of endurance people went through to do their bit for the war effort. The acting of the central character was exceptional and I am surprised that it did not garner a host of acting nominations from the various film awards! If you like the WW2 genre this is a film not to be missed.