Recalling the likes of Gravity, All Is Lost and 127 Hours, this engrossing one person against the elements survival story follows the fortunes of a pilot stranded in the unforgiving polar wilderness. Pushing himself to new levels of resourcefulness, he must fight off cold, hunger and a prowling polar bear in order to stay alive. Set against the magnificent backdrop of the Icelandic tundra, this nail biting thriller is driven by a compelling, almost wordless performance from Mads Mikkelsen.
What the critics say….
“Stripped of backstory, narration…. Arctic tells the story of self-reliance and survival with such austerity and absolute integrity that the results are breathtaking….It is a remarkable testament to (Mads) Mikkelsen’s acting” - Oliver Jones, Observer
“Stirring cinematography by Tómas Örn Tómasson, who captures the film’s stark Icelandic location with sweep and dazzle, plus an evocatively pensive, strings-heavy score by Joseph Trapanese, rounds out this enervating and exhilarating film” - Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
“Mads Mikkelsen’s virtuoso performance as a downed pilot trying to survive in the harshest of environments is the warm heart of this ice-cold killer of a movie” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“The movie really takes your mind off your own troubles. I liked it a lot” - David Edelstein, New York Magazine