Survival dramas have become a popular genre in latter years but few are as sparse and stripped-down as Joe Penna’s debut feature. Thanks to Penna’s elegant direction, we sit hypnotized as our nameless protagonist struggles to save his life after crash landing in the barren no man’s land of the Arctic in a small plane, hanging on his every movement and facial gesture. Mads Mikkelsen is a revelation in the lead role and delivers a performance that is both nuanced and full of emotion. ARCTIC is a thrilling study in survival.
Joe Penna (Brazil) ARCTIC is Penna’s debut feature film.