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Rated PG-13 · 97 minutes · 2019

Adventure, Drama
Small-plane crash survivor Overgård (Mads Mikkelsen) is stuck in the arctic, surviving. Each day he checks his fishing lines, sends out a hand-operated distress signal, then zips himself into a sleeping bag inside the ruins of his plane. His luck finally seems to change when a helicopter finds his camp, but horrific weather downs it and kills the pilot, leaving an injured young woman (Maria Thelma Smáradóttir) in Overgård’s care. As fate would have it, the second crash gives him something to live for instead of marking the hours until his imminent death. Mikkelsen is almost entirely the show here, and he makes the most of it, using what little the audience can see of his face and eyes—usually half-covered by a knit hat and a parka hood—and giving perhaps the best performance in his storied career. First-time feature director and co-writer Joe Penna wrings maximum suspense from the simple situation, and at a brisk 97 minutes, Arctic never outstays its welcome. Good thing, too—Arctic is so intense that when the end credits rolled, I let out gasps of relief.
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Director: Joe Penna
Producer: Tim Zajaros, Christopher Lemole, Noah Haeussner, Martha De Laurentiis and Manu Gargi
Cast: Mads Mikkelsen and Maria Smáradóttir

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