Arctic (2018) - Adventure, Drama

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A man stranded in the Arctic after a plane crash must decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his makeshift camp or to embark on a deadly trek through the unknown.

IMDB: 6.8
Director: Joe Penna
Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Maria Thelma Smáradóttir
Length: 98 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 74 out of 301 found boring (24.58%)

One-line Reviews (212)

Sleep inducing like Marias character .

The movie is worth the watch just for his performance alone.

Dull .

Predictable .

The directing was perfection, the cinematography on point, the visuals absolutely stunning, and the score just right.

In what could have been a typical Hollywoody film scenario, "Arctic" achieves that rarified of cinematic accomplishments: a riveting, uncompromising tale of action and reaction, with meticulous, tedious pacing that feels chillingly real.

Excellent cinematography, breathtaking scenery, good acting, too many flaws in the survival story, too many questions not answered.

this was entertaining enough and cured my boredom for an hour and has beautiful shots of the arctic.

As lush as they are, they can bore you.

This whole boring mess of a movie got on my nerves after half an hour.

Albeit a few predictable elements, Arctic is gorgeous film to watch.

You definitely have to put yourself in the main characters shoes or u will b bored to death.

Mads' performance is gripping and convincing.

i found it tedious and boring.

It was a little slow top be honest.

No sense at all, boring and predictible.

But this movie was so intense from start to finish.

Enjoy a "slow" movie .

For those who want to experience an unpredictable adventure,this is a great movie!!!

Bored to Death!

Every single moment is deeply intense.

The story seemed contrived and not natural.

Pointless .

All that said, 3rd act of was so predictable and filled with cliches it made me want to speed through it.

Intense .

Only, now it felt a bit empty.

To the background of the gorgeous panoramic views of a desolate ice-cold landscape, plays a story that is everything but innovative, guided by a dull musical score that might as well have been left behind.

You'll find yourself yawning maybe.

Moreover the grit, determination & despair when we have reached our limits are shown in a gripping tale.

The script was basic, the locations were appropriate, it's not too long, the ending was predictable, and I was sure they were not going to take any risks with this (could've been cool though).

So intense!

Boring .

Very good - albeit slow paced film .


Bored to freaking death, keep showing same things from scene to scene!

On the edge of my seat to the very end.

Robert Redford's solo sailboat stranding film (All Is Lost) was much more engaging for this type of film.

This intense dramatic film about survival had me on the edge of my seat the whole time!

The whole project feels very intimate and intense which makes it really special.

Good interpretation thought but empty as an empty ice dessert, that's all.

This was one of the most boring movies I have ever seen.

There is boring girl, although whole movie and all characters are boring.

Authentic, gritty and gripping .

Even though some parts of the movie feel like time is painfully slow I think that is, at least in part, intentional.

Watch this movie if you want to fall asleep.

Arctic is an intense survival drama that convinces with raw acting performances, beautifully bleak landscapes and a realistic plot that convinces from start to finish.

Arctic is a pretty decent survival film that delivers from a performance by Mads Mikkelsen, some stunning snowy landscapes, and a wonderful music score.

Very intense .

Slow and predictable.

Boring, doesn't hold your attention.

I really enjoyed it.

All the way through it was so exciting.

So boring as hell, but a stunning one man show which makes you feel freezing in your seat.

Too empty and negative.

It's just a film of a man wondering around in the snow, to him it may have been days, weeks, who know, to us it's just one hour and half of pointless boredom.

Brilliant storytelling and acting make for a mature compelling movie

Great acting, exciting, and unpredictable.

This intense dramatic film about survival had me on the edge of my seat the whole time!

Plus no story as others have mentioned.

And boring.

predictable scenes and there is nothing new than what we have seen in trailer


Gripping from start to finish .

Even though all Overgard did was check his fishing line, turn a crank, etc., it was compelling and interesting seeing him in this strict routine, trying to make it until he was rescued.

Mads Mikkelson does an excellent job portraying despair in seemingly insurmountable odds, while also providing a tiny glint of hope that progresses throughout the movieAll in all, Arctic is a thrilling movie about survival and the strength of the human spirit.

Engrossing .

The arctic is scary, but mostly boring.

Wow, how boring was this....

Boring .

I guess this aims at being realistic but was also really unexciting and tedious.

Cliche story, acting show-off .

We were on the edge of our seats the whole way through, just willing for something to go right for Overgard in what was a singular nightmare, being lost in the Arctic.

It's a good movie Most of the scenes in the film is non-verbal but very intense.

From start to finish, it was predictable.

You can't really expect too much story or dialogue in this kind of movie (or even backstory), but I still enjoyed it for what it was.

By far one of the worst movies I've ever seen...

It is unexpected.

It took me 3 time to watch the entire movie because i fall asleep twice.

But read boring boring boring instead, because that was what it was.


I kept waiting fir something exciting to happen.

Gripping survival adventure .

Boring slow and dumb.

Is worth the watch.

Big fan when it comes to these types of movies but this one was a bit too boring for my taste.

I wanted to really like the show but there just wasn't enough meat to leave me feeling satisfied.

I enjoyed it quite a lot even though you can expect what's coming.

But this one just becomes tedious after a while.

These kind of films are hard to make, not only because we have seen films alike, but also because its hard to keep people watching, and make it entertaining.

Realistic survival battle of man versus extreme elements (filmed in Iceland) with unpredictable twists.

Complete snooze fest .

It's a true I like this kind of movies like cast away and other survival genres but this one is different, kept me on the edge of my seat and much more realistic.

The storyline was quite bland, and could not live up to the standards set in its competition with Castaway.

Compelling .

Great directing, amazing cinematography, fascinating storytelling, fantastic acting.

It felt like a waste of time.

Mads Mikkelson is a master at non-verbally displaying and conveying deep human emotion and intense suffering.

I remembered being amazed by a movie in which so little happened, but which was utterly riveting due to performances and intense slow pacing.

Stunning setting, fraught with danger in a seemingly peaceful place.

Ya boring .

I feel that I'm kept on the edge of my seat throughout.

Pretty pointless survival equipment.

Unfortunately this movie was a complete waste of time.

For a film that has very little dialogue this film is gripping and has you on the edge of your seat.

Great performance from Mads, but the movie itself is somewhat bland.

Boring throughout, kept waiting for something interesting to happen, never really did.

Stunning performance from Mads Mikkelsen in a redudant man vs.

If anything, his work overshadows what's otherwise a predictable chain of events.

Waste of time .

The movie is boring and predictable.

I think the plot is very well but they can show us better, its boring.

It's doubtful you'll see a more engaging or harrowing survival film than Joe Penna's Arctic.

All in all, this is a boring your time and skip this one.

If u like slowly paced survivalist movie with harsh condiions, well look no further.

A stunning and shocking film with a killer lead actor.

The problem with this well shot and proficiently put together tale of Mikkelsen's plane crash victim Overgård trials to stay alive in the harsh surrounds of the Arctic landscape, while also trying to escort Maria Thelma Smáradóttir's nameless helicopter crash survivor to a safe haven is that we as an audience are never given anything to lay hold of in an investment sense, there's no backstory, not even hints of who these people really are, meaning their plight to overcome the odds is more curiously interesting rather than downright engaging.

It was cinematically uninteresting and not creative.

The premise had so much potential, but we get only dull, monotonous, boring scenes.

Although the setting is fantastic and the acting great, the story feels tedious, repetitious and rather boring.

Even if there's hardly any dialogue, it is still very intense.

What a waste of money .

Wonderfully minimalist, yet stunning cinematography and superb storytelling.

Don't get me wrong, it's a good movie, the performance is top notch as usual,photography is great, the locations are really compelling and some times the way the information is revealed is through clever ideas especially when it comes to narration and exposition.

It is the most boring survival movie I have ever seen.

This movie left me asking questions and pretty bored.

Super boring .

However, I found the very last image confusing as a bit inconsistent with the scene just before.

Too boring, too slow.

There's little in it that's particularly exciting - it's just the very real and raw struggle of this man to survive; it's a testimony to the human will to survive even seemingly impossible situations.

Slow ride, take it easy .

terribly boring to say the least - don't waste time on it .

For the bored ones, I'm not talking about having just missed the subway which will re-emerge in 2 minutes.

Performances and direction of this one was top notch and this is what makes this one worth watching in the cinema !

Despite there being almost no dialogue in this movie and really only one person (the second is little more than a body for all intents and purposes), this is a totally engrossing watch.

All the reviews here are really overrated.. this movie was really really boring.

Pretty much a waste of time.

This is the most drab, boring, pointless waste of space of a film i've ever seen and i've seen some boring drab in my time.

Survivalist cinema is usually a genre that either strikes like lightning or struggles to find an audience, depending on many different factors ranging from how bankable the lead actor is to what elements we are immersed into.

Surprisingly poignant and unequivocally engrossing; Mikkelsen gives a tour-de-force turn .

Yawn .

Patient, persistent & poignant in just the right doses, and powered by Mads Mikkelsen's effortlessly evocative performance, Arctic is one of the best films about a man stranded in the wilderness that's crafted with restraint, told with finesse & is incessantly captivating from start to finish.

There is no story after the climax.

10/10 boring as regards the story and the plot.

Very slow, very predictable, very disappointing end.

I've seen this actor in another film and yet again a great performance from him, this movie is well worth the watch,wrap up warm as it'll make you feel cold , a big thumbs up 👍🏻

This film is gorgeous, full of raw human emotion, stunning stark scenery, and an amazing soundtrack to back it.

Boring .

Great but confusing .

"Arctic" is one film that as you watch is very visual as the picture as a whole has very little dialogue still the scenes are harrowing and stunning with drama like cliff hanging sequences that prove life is often a battle.

Look, Mads's performance was great, but the movie drags on for too long and is way too repetitive.

Completely waste of time watching!

Waste of time!

Waste of your time.

This movie was so boring.

Terribly boring and overrated.

This movie will keep you on the edge the whole time.

Some people find it boring, I think it's because they don't understand the meaning of the story.

Very boring and who is this guy.

Technically this is a sound film, I'm still in shock of the entire polar bear sequence, it was breathtaking and heart pulsing.

Most empty story ever .

But there are no cheasy flashbacks, no cheap storytricks), This is a simple, yet compelling story about survival and being human.

Had Me On The Edge Of My Seat The Whole Time.

Boring movie (honest review) .

Gripping .

The ending was just so intense and at the same time sad.

I was on the edge of my seat the entire movie.

The scene where she opened her eyes a little and then closed them again had me on the edge of my seat.

In conclusion, Arctic's music by Joseph Trapanese is rousing and wholly baseline for this type of genre.

The sad thing however, is that Arctic isn't quite as terrifying, high arty, or compelling as the films just mentioned.

I usually like survival movies and actually one of my favorite genres.. but this was just plain and simple boring!

Very engaging from start to finish.

Boring .

it's average and tiresome.

Boring as hell, but a stunning one man show .

Also, the cinematography and film locations are really beautiful and worth watching for that alone if you like landscapes.

Surprisingly poignant and unequivocally engrossing.

I enjoyed this film because it taught me about how unpredictable nature is and how to think through a difficult situation.

I enjoyed this film because it taught me about how unpredictable nature is and how to think through a difficult situation.

Breathtaking film, hypnotic and beautiful.

Looking for an exciting survival film, don't waste your time.

End of the film is very cliché.

Well acted, beautiful scenery, but sooooo boring.

Overall this film was just breathtaking, exciting and heartfelt.

There were several scenes either in caves or holes and in every case the faraway shot was too confusing to understand what the director was really trying to convey.

Worth watching for sure.

Pacing is a bit slow though.

The story is incredibly boring as well.

Uncomfortable but gripping .

It is slow moving!

Arctic is an intensely realistic and harrowing experience brought to life with stunning cinematography, attention to detail and efficient pacing.

It is very human , emotional, suspenseful, interesting...

I saw the previews for this film and it looked so intriguing, I just had to see it.

Looking for a more quiet, slow and realistic survival film -go for it!

But if you like survival movies, man against nature, if you like great scenic shots (okay it's the arctic so it's white but nonetheless it's beautiful) then this movie is worth watching.

It's a moving story about a men on the edge of the world and himself, craving for the Other.

Brilliant storytelling and acting make for a mature compelling movie .

boring .

With a dearth of dialogue, and only the monotonous grind of survival in a harsh desert expanse, "Arctic" moves at a glacial pace, slowly gathering momentum in what turns out to be a gripping thriller.

It felt repetitive because the situation is.. it is part of the struggle.

I think that could have filled in some of the time that felt repetitive.

This movie is so boring, pathetic and total waste of time.

We found this movie tiresome and frustrating.

This is a gritty survival film with a beautiful score, lush cinematography, honest performances and breathtaking sequences.

If i have 2 be honest, there were some boring scenes in the film, especially in the beginning from the movie.

Wow worst movie ever .

ok I get what they wanted us to witness but to watch the same and the same stuff again and again for 1 hour and a half it was tiresome.

Don't waste your time.


Extremely slow...

One of the worst movies I've ever seen.

Whilst this film had a predictable outcome, I thought the film was good.

but it was very boring and I fell asleep a few times.