US Army Corporal Rudy Spruance arrives at a remote American military base at Qangattarsa, Greenland - located somewhere above the Arctic Circle - just before the summer solstice in June, 1979. Beyond a two day out of the year environmental occurrence which negatively affects his arrival, his reaction to which he will probably be forever best remembered by his fellow GI's at Qangattarsa, Rudy faces two problems: he is not supposed to be there, his next assignment which was supposed to be at a base in Hawaii; and he cannot convince anyone at Qangattarsa that he is not Corporal Martin Pederson, who is the GI assigned to this posting. Based on the paperwork at the base, Rudy learns that Pederson is a model soldier - an army brat - whereas he himself only enlisted as it was better than the alternative of jail. Lieutenant-Colonel Lane Woolwrap, the base's long time commanding officer, has long wanted a person in Pederson's position as the base's Public Information Officer, aka the head ...Written by
It's June 1979. Corporal Rudy Spruance (Jason Biggs) expects to go to Hawaii but is shocked to be abandoned on an isolated base in Greenland. He has been mistaken for a Cpl Peterson. Sgt. Irene Teal (Natascha McElhone) is happy to have the Public Information Officer Peterson for her base commander Col. Woolwrap (Jeremy Northam) despite knowing that he's not Peterson. Haphazardly, he tries to escape. The camp is populated by tired rejects resigned to their fates and he also resigns to be a writer for the base newspaper. Then he discovers a secret experimental hospital ward and he befriends X (Michael Ironside).
The pace is so slow that most of the quirky comedy doesn't work. The tireness coming out of the characters seem to infect the movie. It's trying to be funny but fails. Then it adds a drama which seems to come out of nowhere. None of the movie really works and it falls mostly flat.
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