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Into the White – Great about enemies in the mountains

Into the White is based on real events and I understand why this had to become a film.

There are a many ingredients for a solid drama, with good nerve and strong development of the characters from beginning to end.

Director Petter Næss (Elling, Bare Bea, Tatt av kvinnen) tells the story with the safety of a veteran and that results in a fine film that still could have benefited from an even more insecure atmosphere with greater intensity in the nerve battle.

Intense tug of war
The story begins on April 27 1940. A German and a British plane shoot each other down over the Norwegian mountains.

Miraculously, most of the people on board survive, three German and two Brits. And what is even more incredible – they find the same hunting cabin during a blizzard.

Here, an intense tug of war begins over the control of the cabin, while at the same time they have to work together to survive.

Shadows on the mountains
I feel a little bit cheated by the film poster which is adorned by a burning bomber. That’s why I’m a bit disappointed when we don’t see a single plane in the air, only their shadows on the mountains.

Actually, it’s clever directing. Plane scenes would probably be expensive and it has nothing to do with the rest of the story, strictly speaking. It’s only when the men are on the ground that the real story begins.

So it might be okay, but it would have been cool with some real flying action above Jotunheimen, which also might have explained the crew’s frayed nerves.


Dialogue driven drama
A lot of the action takes place inside the hunting cabin which acts as a credible backdrop for the drama. The surroundings seem cold, Spartan and inhospitable.

This might also make the film a little less audience-friendly. The visual impressions can become a bit monotonous at times, but it is what happens between the guys that is important, not the outer dressings.

Here it is important that the dialogue is sharply written, which I think it is at times, but not all the way. Fortunately, the dialogue alternates believably between German, English and Norwegian.

Distinctive personalities
Petter Næss has found five different actors, each with their own distinctive personality.

Florian Lukas is the assertive German Officer, David Kross is the scared mechanic while Stig Henrik Hoff is great as the silent navigator.

Lachlan Nieboer is believable as the self-assured British upper-class Officer while Rupert Grint shows a greater range as an actor in the role as a gunner than he had the chance to do in the Harry Potter films.


Room for nuances
Into the White has its best scenes when the enemies gradually begin to look at each other with a less hostile gaze. The mistrust gives way for mutual respect.

This gradual approach is portrayed well by Næss, and this provides the story with room for nuances.

So the film keeps the events interesting almost the entire way through, even though I could wish for a more action-packed beginning, and a stronger nerve between the four walls of the cabin.

Translated by Malene.


Original article found here: p3.no | March 8, 2012

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