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: 72 out of 293 found boring (24.57%)

One-line Reviews (204)

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

Too boring, too slow.

i found it tedious and boring.

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.

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

Yawn .

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.

Boring .

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

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

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

Super boring .

Compelling .

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

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

Wonderfully minimalist, yet stunning cinematography and superb storytelling.

Pretty pointless survival equipment.

Wow worst movie ever .

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

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.

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

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

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

Pointless .

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

Bored to Death!

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 👍🏻

Completely waste of time watching!

Gripping from start to finish .

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

it's average and tiresome.

It is unexpected.

This movie was so boring.

As lush as they are, they can bore you.

The story seemed contrived and not natural.

The movie is boring and predictable.

"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.

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

Unfortunately this movie was a complete waste of time.

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

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

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

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

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

This movie left me asking questions and pretty bored.

Surprisingly poignant and unequivocally engrossing.

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

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).

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

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

Boring .

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

Is worth the watch.

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

What a waste of money .

Complete snooze fest .

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


Watch this movie if you want to fall asleep.

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

And boring.

Slow ride, take it easy .

Every single moment is deeply intense.

The arctic is scary, but mostly boring.

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

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

Brilliant storytelling and acting make for a mature compelling movie

Great but confusing .

Don't waste your time.

End of the film is very cliché.

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

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

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

Very engaging from start to finish.

Mads' performance is gripping and convincing.

Ya boring .

Authentic, gritty and gripping .

It is slow moving!

Plus no story as others have mentioned.

Terribly boring and overrated.

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.

You'll find yourself yawning maybe.

Boring slow and dumb.

Predictable .

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

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.

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.

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


Too empty and negative.

Boring .

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

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

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

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

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

Waste of time .

No sense at all, boring and predictible.

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.

One of the worst movies I've ever seen.

Extremely slow...

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

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

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

Brilliant storytelling and acting make for a mature compelling movie .

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

boring .

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.

Enjoy a "slow" movie .

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

It felt like a waste of time.

Very intense .

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


Overall this film was just breathtaking, exciting and heartfelt.

Waste of your time.

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

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

Intense .

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

Very good - albeit slow paced film .

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

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.

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

All the way through it was so exciting.

There is no story after the climax.

Breathtaking film, hypnotic and beautiful.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Most empty story ever .

Sleep inducing like Marias character .

Great acting, exciting, and unpredictable.

But this movie was so intense from start to finish.

Boring, doesn't hold your attention.

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

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.

Pretty much a waste of time.

Gripping .

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.

Slow and 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.

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

Gripping survival adventure .

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

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

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

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

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

The story is incredibly boring as well.

Engrossing .

Pacing is a bit slow though.

A stunning and shocking film with a killer lead actor.

I kept waiting fir something exciting to happen.

On the edge of my seat to the very end.

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

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

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

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.

I really enjoyed it.

But this one just becomes tedious after a while.

Worth watching for sure.

It was a little slow top be honest.

Very slow, very predictable, very disappointing end.

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

From start to finish, it was predictable.

Very boring and who is this guy.

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

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

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.

So intense!

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

Boring movie (honest review) .

Cliche story, acting show-off .

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

Wow, how boring was this....

Boring .

Dull .

It was cinematically uninteresting and not creative.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Well acted, beautiful scenery, but sooooo boring.

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

Only, now it felt a bit empty.

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.

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

Stunning performance from Mads Mikkelsen in a redudant man vs.

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

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

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

Boring as hell, but a stunning one man show .

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

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

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

Waste of time!

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

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