The official trailer has been released for upcoming Netflix film Against the Ice, a true story of survival led by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) and Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders, Gangs of London).
The film tells the true story of how Danish polar explorer Ejnar Mikkelsen (Coster-Waldau) and an inexperienced crew member (Cole) traversed the dangerous terrain of Greenland in 1909. Their mission was to prove that Greenland was one island, which would disprove the United States’ claim to Northeast Greenland. They managed to gather the evidence needed, but the journey back to their ship was more arduous than they expected. Little did they know. When they finally made it back to their ship, they discovered it had been crushed in the ice and that their camp was now abandoned.
Love me a powerful survival picture, and this looks like a brutal one. As the trailer shows, these men are put through the wringer: the freezing cold, starvation (canine lovers, you’ve been warned), and mental and emotional breakdowns. Coster-Waldau and Cole look to be putting in strong, exhausting performances too.
Coster-Waldau co-wrote the film alongside Joe Derrick, adapting Ejnar Mikkelsen’s own writing, Two Against The Ice. This marks Coster-Waldau’s second feature as co-writer; he co-wrote little-seen 1998 film Wildside, which he starred in alongside Mads Mikkelsen. Directing Against the Ice is Danish filmmaker Peter Flinth, whose credits include Arn: The Knight Templar and Nobel’s Last Will.
Also starring Charles Dance and Heida Reed, Against the Ice will be streaming on Netflix from March 2nd.
Official synopsis for Against the Ice:
In 1909, Denmark’s Arctic Expedition led by Captain Ejnar Mikkelsen (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) was attempting to disprove the United States’ claim to Northeast Greenland. This claim was based on the assumption that Greenland was broken up into two different pieces of land. Leaving his crew behind with the ship, Mikkelsen embarks on a journey across the ice with his inexperienced crew member, Iver Iversen (Joe Cole). The two men succeed in finding the proof that Greenland is one island, but returning to the ship takes longer and is much harder than expected. Battling extreme hunger, fatigue and a polar bear attack, they finally arrive to find their ship crushed in the ice and the camp abandoned. Hoping to be rescued, they now must fight to stay alive. As the days grow longer, their mental hold on reality starts to fade, breeding mistrust and paranoia, a dangerous cocktail in their fight for survival. Against the Ice is a true story of friendship, love and the awe-inspiring power of companionship.