Against the Ice

Director: Peter Flinth
Year Released: 2022
Rating: 1.5

In the early 20th century, Captain Ejnar Mikkelsen (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who also co-wrote the script) takes volunteer Iver Iversen (Joe Cole) and a bunch of dogs to find out what happened to Ludvig Mylius-Erichsen's Denmark Expedition (they passed away), discovers that "the Peary Channel does not exist" (take that America!), gets back to his ship Alabama ... only to find that their crew abandoned them (but left them a cabin).  It's based on Mikkelsen's book (published in 1955) and tries to be a little like The Revenant but is less engaging - their mission doesn't have a sense of urgency to it, and when it gets to the last act and the Captain starts having hallucinations of his lover Naja (Heida Reed), both he and the movie get a bit dotty.  At the very least, it makes Greenland look both beautiful and ominous ... and there's not one but two bear attacks!  Fun fact: in 2019, our intrepid Emperor 45 actually wanted to purchase the island nation from Denmark, claiming it was a "a large real estate deal" ... and then someone probably had to remind the President that there aren't a lot of golf courses there and he put the cheque book away.