Arctic (film)

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Arctic film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJoe Penna
Produced by
  • Chris Lemole
  • Tim Zajaros
  • Noah C. Haeussner
Written by
  • Joe Penna
  • Ryan Morrison
StarringMads Mikkelsen
Music byJoseph Trapanese
CinematographyTómas Örn Tómasson
Edited byRyan Morrison
  • Armory Films
  • Union Entertainment Group
  • Pegasus Pictures
Distributed byBleecker Street (United States)
XYZ Films (International)
Release date
  • 10 May 2018 (2018-05-10) (Cannes)
  • 1 February 2019 (2019-02-01) (United States)
Running time
97 minutes[1]
United States
Budget$2 million[2]
Box office$905,973[3][4]

Arctic is a 2018 Icelandic survival film directed by Joe Penna and written by Penna and Ryan Morrison. The film stars Mads Mikkelsen as a man stranded in the Arctic who misses his chance at rescue. The film premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, and was released in theaters on 1 February 2019.


A man stranded somewhere in the Arctic Circle waits for rescue. When the helicopter that finds him crashes, the pilot is killed and the passenger severely injured. He then must decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his camp or to embark on a deadly trek for potential salvation.[5]



The film was shot over the course of 19 days in Iceland.[6] Mikkelsen referred to the film as the most difficult shoot of his career.[7]


On 12 April 2018, the film was selected to compete for the Camera d'Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.[8][9] Bleecker Street acquired U.S. and select international rights out of the Cannes Film Festival.[10]


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 88% based on 84 reviews, and an average rating of 7/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Arctic proves that a good survival thriller doesn't need much in the way of dialogue to get by -- especially when Mads Mikkelsen is the one doing the surviving."[11] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 71 out of 100, based on 30 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[12]

Nick Allen of gave the film 2.5 stars, saying that the drama "largely subsists on the on-screen muscle of Mads Mikkelsen." [13] Oliver Jones of The New York Observer gave the film 3.5/4 stars, calling it "precise, honest and unrelenting." He added that the film "is one of those singular cinematic experiences ... for which movie theaters still exist."[14] David Ehrlich of Indiewire called it "one of the best movies ever made about a man stranded in the wilderness", adding that "Mads Mikkelsen doesn't need any dialogue to deliver the best performance of his career."[15]

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  1. ^ a b c "ARCTIC - Festival de Cannes". Cannes Film Festival. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Arctic IMDb page". IMDb. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Arctic (2019)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Arctic (2019)". The Numbers. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  5. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (19 April 2017). "Mads Mikkelsen To Star In Thriller 'Arctic' From Armory Films". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Joe Penna was a YouTube sensation – now he has directed a serious film. Is it any good?".
  7. ^ "Cannes: Mads Mikkelsen talks about the survival drama 'Arctic,' the most difficult shoot of his career".
  8. ^ "The 2018 Official Selection". Cannes Film Festival. 12 April 2018. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  9. ^ Debruge, Peter; Keslassy, Elsa (12 April 2018). "Cannes Lineup Includes New Films From Spike Lee, Jean-Luc Godard". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  10. ^ Setoodeh, Ramin (11 May 2018). "Cannes: Bleecker Street Buys 'Arctic'". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Arctic (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  12. ^ "Arctic reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  13. ^ Allen, Nick. "Arctic Movie Review & Film Summary (2019) | Roger Ebert". Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  14. ^ Jones, Oliver (January 31, 2019). "Mads Mikkelsen's 'Arctic' Hero Will Make You Want to Buy a Watch, Be More Chill". The New York Observer. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  15. ^ Ehrlich, David (May 11, 2018). "'Arctic' Review: Mads Mikkelsen Gives a Career-Best Performance in a Nearly Wordless Survival Saga — Cannes 2018". Indiewire. Retrieved May 11, 2018.

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