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: 88 out of 337 found boring (26.11%)

One-line Reviews (255)


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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

I initially picked this movie after scouring Amazon Prime Video for a family-friendly movie to watch with my mom, and I balked given how boring it looked at first.

Very good - albeit slow paced film .

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


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

Highly recommended for those who wish to be taken on an engaging journey into a unique part of the world and performed with finesse.

Boring movie (honest review) .

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

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

Great acting, exciting, and unpredictable.

Dull .

It is unexpected.

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

Worth watching for sure.

Worst movie ever.

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

Sleep inducing like Marias character .

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.

Beautifully crafted, it doesn't go down the pathway of an action packed Hollywood survival film, but keeps you on the edge of your chair following the struggles.

People looking for action and great dialogue will find this boring.

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

This is a slow realistic emotive survival story with practically no words.

So intense!

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).

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

Unfortunately this movie was a complete waste of time.

This movie left me asking questions and pretty bored.

Very slow, very predictable, very disappointing end.

Even so, this film possesses enough polish, quality and performance kudos to make it worthy of a watch, and I assume, enjoyable for most.

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

It's an alright movie but it's way boring than people saying.

Absolutely the worst movie I have ever seen.

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

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 👍🏻

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

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

Predictable .


Cliche story, acting show-off .

Just a personal opinion for someone who just watched it with friends and all the group felt boring for about an hour.

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

Stunning performance from Mads Mikkelsen in a redudant man vs.

Boring .

A simple yet fascinating survival story .

Completely waste of time watching!

It's a very good, suspenseful survival movie.

Mads' performance is gripping and convincing.

Authentic, gritty and gripping .

It felt like a waste of time.

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

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

Waste of your time.

And boring.

Too boring, too slow.

What a waste of money .

This is a compelling story of a man's determination to survive.

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

boring .

Overall this film was just breathtaking, exciting and heartfelt.

As lush as they are, they can bore you.

For a film with such a simple story and such little dialogue, 'Arctic' is successful at holding your attention throughout thanks to its compelling and well-told storyline.

Boring .

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

Too empty and negative.

Super boring .

'Arctic' is definitely worth watching - an all-round very good survival film that benefits from the simplicity of its plot.

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

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

Well acted, beautiful scenery, but sooooo boring.

Compelling .

Wow, how boring was this....

It's just boring movie.

Pretty pointless survival equipment.

Pointless .

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

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

The story seemed contrived and not natural.

Surprisingly poignant and unequivocally engrossing.

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.

Very boring and who is this guy.

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

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

Complete snooze fest .


All the way through it was so exciting.

Get bored and full of sadness .

It's a complete waste of time.

i found it tedious and boring.

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.

Yawn .

Lack of dialogue made it more intense, and the acting was amazing.

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.

The movie is boring and predictable.

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

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

Boring movie .

It is very intense, in a real "slow burner" kind of way.

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

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

Brilliant storytelling and acting make for a mature compelling movie

Well worth the watch.

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.

Breathtaking film, hypnotic and beautiful.

However, the dull shooting left this character lacking, and this was a real sore spot for me in this film.

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.

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

The story is incredibly boring as well.

The arctic is scary, but mostly boring.

But thankfully I quickly found it more than intriguing.

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

Very intense .

Parts were unexpected and especially harrowing.

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 action is repetitive and loses its intensity as we see the same, namely in the care of the injured woman.

The female he rescues from said crash is a pointless addition to the film.

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.

Boring .

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.

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

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

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.

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

Wow worst movie ever .

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

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

Don't waste your time.

Gripping survival adventure .

Gripping from start to finish .

Good and gripping until...

Terribly boring and overrated.

Nothing happens the whole movie .

Wonderfully minimalist, yet stunning cinematography and superb storytelling.

It is slow moving!

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

Engrossing .

Intense, moving, engrossing.

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

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

You'll find yourself yawning maybe.

Gripping .

Horrible movie nothing happens one guy in the snow for an hour and a half no dialogue

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

Boring .

From start to finish, it was predictable.

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

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

Don't waste your time.

End of the film is very cliché.

Pretty much a waste of time.

So slooow, so boring with a terrible ending !!

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.

Boring .

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

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

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

Slow ride, take it easy .

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

This movie was so boring.

Well recommended if you want a slow burning, well made battle for survival.

Intense .

Is worth the watch.

I'm I the only person who felt boring for about an hour or what?

It was cinematically uninteresting and not creative.

Boring as hell, but a stunning one man show .

I really enjoyed it.

Boring, silly and lacking any sort of excitement or suspense.

Emotional, slow .

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.

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

The cinematography in 'Arctic' is excellent, capturing the stunning Arctic landscapes perfectly.

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.

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

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

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

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

Boring, doesn't hold your attention.

Watch this movie if you want to fall asleep.

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

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

Extremely slow...

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.

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

Boring slow and dumb.

Engaging Survival Movie.

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

I like Mads but this was boring.

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

It was a little slow top be honest.

Plus no story as others have mentioned.

it's average and tiresome.

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.

I kept waiting fir something exciting to happen.

We found this movie tiresome and frustrating.

Ya boring .

One of the worst movies I've ever seen.

Slow and predictable.

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

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

But this one just becomes tedious after a while.

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

On the edge of my seat to the very end.

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

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.

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

Movie is painfully slow.

repetitive and loses intensity .

But this movie was so intense from start to finish.

No sense at all, boring and predictible.

Brilliant storytelling and acting make for a mature compelling movie .

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

"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.

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.

The man is one compelling actor.

Bored to Death!

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

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

Every single moment is deeply intense.

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.

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

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

Most empty story ever .

Waste of time .

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

Pacing is a bit slow though.


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

There is no story after the climax.

A stunning and shocking film with a killer lead actor.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Waste of time!

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

Very engaging from start to finish.

Only, now it felt a bit empty.

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

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

Breathtaking despite its simplicity .

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.

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

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