15 April 2019 | TopDawgCritic
Stellar film-making with an outstanding performance by Mads Mikkelsen
It's rare to find a film where the cast is only the one actor, and another that simply goes along for the ride - and pull it off.
YouTuber Joe Penna makes his full length feature film debut as producer, writer and director - an nailed it.
This is a simple film with a simple story, that effectively presents the battle of survival between man vs. nature.
The directing was perfection, the cinematography on point, the visuals absolutely stunning, and the score just right. Mads Mikkelsen gave an Oscar worthy performance - and that's with pretty much zero dialogue.
My only critique was the films 98 min length. Although the editing was good, and the pacing decent, the 'meat and bones' of the story didn't fit the length. This film should have been a little shorter, or more conflict added to the story.
Nevertheless, Arctic is the perfect example of old-school, straight-up stellar film-making. Don't go into this expecting any Hollywood action or dramatics.. this is simple and natural adventure and suspense.
A well deserved 8/10 from me.