We have the first trailer for Arctic. Tales of human survival in extreme conditions have been part of the Hollywood landscape for decades. There are the usual beats these stories need to hit, be it based on true events or fiction, in order to captivate an audience. But this looks like it’s going to be more extreme than many of these types of movies that have come before, as this first trailer paints a raw and nightmarish portrait of survival in the harsh conditions of unforgiving mother nature.
The trailer opens up with a man, played by Mads Mikkelsen (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Doctor Strange), simply digging in the snow. We soon come to realize that he’s not digging for leisure, as this man is trapped in the middle of a vast snowy wilderness. To boot, he’s got a loved one who is injured and, though the little camp they’ve set up seems safe, he’s got to venture out into the harsh unknown in order to find help. It then becomes one huge problem after another, with the tension ratcheting up, recalling movies like The Edge and Alive. There’s even a very aggressive polar bear thrown in, just to really make things difficult.
In Arctic, the survivor of a plane crash in a frigid and icy wasteland lives using his wits as he waits for help to (hopefully) arrive. Things get messy when a long-awaited rescue attempt fails, as he then faces a life or death decision: stay in the relative safety of his camp and hope to be found or embark on a brutal trek that may be the only hope for both him and a badly injured stranger who is in his care. The movie comes from director Joe Penna, known better as YouTube’s MysteryGuitarMan, who meticulously researched with actual experts and Arctic pilots to make sure everything depicted in the movie was accurate.
“There is a lot of research out there. Detailed resources. People who are more than willing to help. I also spoke with survivors of extreme situations to find out what went on in their minds. Before it happened, would they have thought this was something they could do? All of that went into the creation of what this character does and what drives him to a completely selfless act.”
Joe Penna co-wrote the screenplay with Ryan Morrison. Arctic made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival last year and has been met with largely positive reviews thus far. The movie currently sits at a 92 percent approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, with just a single negative review to speak of so far. That certainly bodes well for fans of this sort of intense, gritty survival flick. Arctic is set to hit theaters on February 9. Be sure to check out the new trailer from the Bleecker Street YouTube channel below.