“Against The Ice.” Director Arctic’s tour of Peter Flinth (Eagle’s Eye) – starring and co-authored by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) – paints a grim picture of Greenland’s complex history with the lens of nearly dead men trying to access it. Supporting actors are backed by Game of Thrones alum colleague Charles Dance and Peaky Blinders actor Joe Cole. The photo was taken in Greenland and Iceland, making the area incredibly accurate. Based on the life story of Ejnar Mikkelsen, Against The Ice illustrates the sad reality of what it takes to cross the arctic tundra.
Against The Ice Movie Review
In the early 1900s, Danish explorer Mikkelsen led a small voyage to search for North-Eastern Greenland before the United States of America planted its flag. After several unsuccessful attempts that lead to team members being killed and injured, Captain Mikkelsen (Coster-Waldau) takes the trip himself. But he needs a volunteer and no one with the right mindset can accompany him – except for mechanic Ivr Iverson (Cole), who is as green as he is willing to go.
The two began their journey and soon lost part of their tea, a guide dog, and a two-week assignment. For about 100 days on their journey, they finally came across a glimpse of hope in the form of a note and map left by the explorers who came before them. Faced with the element, deciding to eat questionable meat, and surviving the onslaught of the white bear, the two are forced to make a decision: move forward with the information and map out the old team left behind or turn around and rub two hundred miles back to camp.
Next to author Joe Derrick (Second Home), Coster-Waldau has a complete path to Mikkelsen’s autobiography history and the movie does not deviate from its main goal – exploration, and safety. Twenty minutes later, the movie sits in its own comfortable place as a two-handed survival story. The works of Coster-Waldau and Cole bring a sense of reality and status.
The third act begins with Coster-Waldau going into a coma as they have been alone in the frozen dessert for almost three years. The actor does not overreact to his loss of consciousness, and the movie does not extend the boundaries of his non-existent ideas. When he thinks all hope is gone, a bright red hot air balloon pops into a polar ice cap, asking the question of whether help has arrived or if his mind is playing tricks on him.
Cole plays an enthusiastic, yet ignorant mechanic who can’t wait to hear the action, a decision he almost died of. It is a refreshing change of pace for Cole, who plays the English bruiser in many simultaneous programs. However, the leadership of the Gangs of London is sensitive to Against The Ice. The group the audience met at the opening of the movie not only enjoyed their time away from home, but some of them lost their toes because of the snow.
Cole’s presence brings a glass of mind filled with the necessary part of the whole. Later in the movie, his determination to understand keeps him and Coster-Waldau alive when the anger burns; and does not make mistakes because the anger is burning. Only on the stage where Iverson breaks the character, Cole explode with those Peaky Blinders energy viewers who know and love them. His acting is a great addition to the movie.
Charles Dance has been to a few of the venues taking place in government buildings instead of Greenland, but it is this strange setting that makes the viewer wonder if this is worth it. Dance is determined to set up the U.S. in search of parts of Greenland. Combined with Coster-Waldau’s insistence that the mission must continue, coupled with Cole’s natural sense of survival, the answer seems to be no.
At least, that is what Flinth and Coster-Waldau seemed to aim to highlight. Victory in the name of human life is nothing new, but as technology and time advance, the Danish government seeks a place and is determined to leave those explorers in despair disappointed.
Local photography is a great look for any photo, but with aggressive elements, everyone involved in the production should be commended. It looks like Greenland because it is. The characters look cool because they are. The simplicity of the story is in full concert with the movie’s goals and does a smooth job of providing interesting colonial themes in the movie when Jamie Lannister fights the white bear.
Charles Dance and Joe Cole are stitched out seamlessly and feel completely seated in them as characters, without unnecessary backstory and exposure. Against the Ice is a hot show of the cost of exploration in the early 20th century.