End of XIX. and the beginning of the 20th century were marked, among other things, by polar expeditions. Norwegians and Americans took the lead in these dangerous and often perilous adventures, but neither the Swedes nor the Danes just sat and watched. As early as the beginning of the 17th century, the Danes reached Greenland and appropriated it, but it took another full three centuries to reach all the edges of this huge island. This adventure episode of Greenland explores this adventure drama, shot in a Danish-Icelandic production in English, and the screenplay for “Against the Ice” was written by the famous Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, based on Einar Mikkelsen’s memoirs.
Of course, the good Jamie Lannister grabbed the role of a famous explorer, and although this polar survivalist adventure is based on real events and does not bring anything new in this genre, it was a film that will surely appeal to those who love such adventures. Directed by the experienced Peter Flinth, the story begins in 1909 when the leader of the road, Mikkelsen, decided to organize an expedition to the island of Shannon in eastern Greenland. His goal is to find records of a previous expedition that failed to return alive, and with him only young engineer Iver Iversen (Joe Cole) will embark on this dangerous adventure, while the rest of the team will stay by the ship.
And so they will go sledding with dogs on a dangerous and uncertain journey hundreds of kilometers long on difficult and inaccessible terrain, and when they manage to return to base, there will be an unpleasant surprise – the rest of the team that was waiting for them sailed and the two they were left alone. “Against the Ice” was filmed in a realistic style and it is really very clear to us what these people had to survive. Although most of the time we only have two characters, good dynamics have been achieved, and both actors are up to the task. Rating 7/10.
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