True World War II story about Jan Baalsrud, one of the 12 saboteurs sent in 1943 from England to the Nazi occupied Northern Norway. After their boat is sunk by the Germans, Jan goes on the run towards the neutral Sweden. However, the brutal weather conditions turn out to possibly be an even greater foe than the Nazi patrols.
A short time after composer James Horner was approached by director Harald Zwart about scoring this movie, Horner died in a plane crash. See more »
WWII. April 9, 1940, Norway is occupied by Nazi Germany and Hitler establishes "Festung Norwegen". The German war machine moves to the far north and the allied convoys suffer enormous losses.
Scotland 1943. Norwegian soldiers are trained by the British forces to carry out the vital sabotage missions in Norway. Operation Martin Red was launched on March 24. Twelve Norwegian resistance fighters set sail for Norway. Their mission: to sabotage German airfields and installations.
Only one man came ...
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From the introduction titles: "The most incredible events in this story are the ones that actually took place" See more »
I suspect based on some of the reviews people have come to this film expecting a classic tale of espionage and war.
On the surface this is indeed a film that takes place during WWII. That said, more than anything else this is a tale of survival and endurance in the face of overwhelming odds. What makes it a little more interesting is indeed the fact the key protagonist must confront both nature and a determined human enemy.
The pacing of this film which has accumulated a lot of criticism reflects its survivalist emphasis. Its a slow, thoughtful film, that in terms of cinematography is really quite beautiful, in a rugged, snowbound way. The human interest component that makes up much of the difference offers up an insight into a how people draw on an indefinable "something" within themselves with faced with a harrowing series of events.
I enjoyed this film. Its well acted, directed and in its own way its very heartfelt. It looks at war for the tragedy that it is and does not shy away from expressing, in very raw terms, the horror that conflict between people evokes but also the decency and human spirit of those who help others at great personal risk.
9/10 from me.
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