Then came an avalanche. Something that the film emphasises, and that Baalsrud himself was always keen to point out in later life, is the help he received from ordinary Norwegians, to whom he became a folk hero. Baalsrud, a young man from the Oslo region, was willing to put his life at stake in order to fight the occupying German army. Even when things look extremely bad! Even though the story in The 12th Man takes place during World War 2, the focus isn’t really on Nazis as such. His story is one of individual courage, but also of collective strength and community support, as ordinary Norwegians risked their lives for his. But he did not die. [11], Morten Ståle Nilsen, in Verdens Gang, refers to The 12th Man as "a solid, but predictable film". The 12th Man (Norwegian: Den 12. mann) is a 2017 Norwegian historical drama directed by Harald Zwart. But really, the story in The 12th Man is about two men; The hunter and the hunted. He swam from Rebbenesøya to the next island, where he was found by two girls in a fishing boat. Their mission had gone disastrously wrong and now Baalsrud, the only survivor, was making a desperate effort to escape. They were prepared for just such an eventuality. On the fourth day, he stumbled into a small village called Furuflaten, and collapsed inside a farmhouse. That is just one example of the bravery of dozens of ordinary Norwegians, without whom the exhausted, emaciated Baalsrud would never have made his escape. The 12th Man will be released on Friday, May 4 in New York and Los Angeles, as well as on Digital and On Demand platforms, with a national theatrical rollout to follow. Join our mailing list to receive the latest horror reviews and news (1-2 mails per month! On April 24, 1943, high in the mountains of northern Norway, a man lay under a boulder, half buried in snow. [6] Filming began by April 2016. I may not be old enough (far from it, thank you very much) to remember … One is shot on the spot and 10 are captured. For the hope you will feel from beginning till the end. According to German documents, the Nazis believed that the resistance group had perished in a blast. Via a corner of Nazi-aligned Finland, they raced across a frozen lake into neutral Sweden, just ahead of Nazi gunmen. Their only option was to detonate the explosives stored in the ship’s hold, and destroy all evidence of their mission. There was the father, still mourning the loss of his young son, who rowed him in a dinghy through rocky waters in the middle of the night, avoiding German sentries, to deposit him on another shore. Posted by Karina "ScreamQueen" Adelgaard | May 7, 2018 | Read Time 4 min. Also, we need to be reminded of history to ensure it doesn’t repeat itself. What he goes through is the most surreal nightmare. Finally, a group of Sami, Norway’s indigenous people, attached the sled to a team of reindeer. The resistance fighters ignite the TNT and jump into the water near the fjord. The film’s director, Harald Zwart, a prominent Dutch-Norwegian who works in Hollywood (he made The Karate Kid), based the script on the book Jan Baalsrud and Those Who Saved Him (2001), written by Tore Haug (Baalsrud’s second cousin) and Astrid Karlsen Scott. It belonged to the sister of Marius Gronvoll, an active member of the resistance. I’ve seen people compare The 12th Man to The Revenant. The man’s name was Jan Baalsrud and his story is told in The 12th Man, a 2017 film just released on Netflix. And yes, it does happen that I find myself screaming, when watching a good horror movie. In Shetland, 12 Norwegian resistance fighters board a fishing boat with eight tons of TNT and cross the North Sea to Operation Martin a plan to sabotage German military facilities. But so bad was his frostbite that Baalsrud could not walk on his own. Also, Jonathan Rhys Myers does an excellent job portraying the Nazi soldier hunting Jan Baalsrud. He spent seven months in a Swedish hospital there before being flown back to Scotland to help train other Norwegian patriots, who were going back to Norway to continue the fight against the Germans. The 12th Man tells the dramatic story of Jan Baalsrud's escape from the Nazis during the Second World War. During that time, he took Marius’ knife and amputated several of his toes, including one big one, in an attempt to slow the spread of gangrene up his legs. What’s on TV tonight: Billions, Harlots, Rebecca, The Noughties and more, Football fans and blood balloons: how Aaron Sorkin recreated the 1968 Chicago riots. No, it’s actually because it seems like we need to be reminded of our own resilience. (Shooting script by Harald Zwart). Hitchcock’s Rebecca was perfect – why did Netflix feel entitled to ‘update’ it? They didn’t stand a chance. Jonathan Rhys Myers only speaks German in this movie, which is no small feat, since he doesn’t actually speak the language. It could have been any war, where a country is occupied and people try to fight back. The ones that want to be on the side of those in power – even if it means going against your own friends and family. Also, we get to see those that don’t. They were carrying eight tons of explosives, intended to destroy German assets. When it landed on the tiny island of Rebbenesøya, about 30 miles north of the strategic port city of Tromsø, it might have been any other local vessel making an unexpected stop for engine repairs. [9] Metacritic gives the film a weighted average score of 70 out of 100, based on ten critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Cast: Thomas Gullestad, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Marie Blokhus, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen, Vegar Hoel, Håkon T. Nielsen. [10], Aftenposten observes that the film emphasizes Baalsrud's helpers and the struggle of the Resistance in a completely different way than in Arne Skouen's film Nine Lives (1957); The 12th Man offers a nuance to the Baalsrud legend. To me, the work Harold Zwart did on The 12th Man shows he has a talent for this particular niche, so hopefully, he’ll do more in the genre. Later, Jan managed to reach the United Kingdom, strangely enough, by way of the … Fortunately, horror doesn't use this nearly as much as comedy. Catastrophically, the list was out of date. He fell 300 feet down into the valley, destroying his skis and losing his poles and satchel. He woke up still snow-blind and spent three days wandering through the valley, hallucinating, as he later recalled, the voices of the men from Operation Martin he had left behind. A German warship locates the fishing boat and opens fire. [14], "Incredibly, the jaw-dropping scenes in this vivid WWII survivalist film are true", "Magert helvete for Thomas "Finger'n" Gullestad under innspilling av "Den 12. mann, "Filmanmeldelse "Den 12. mann": Kald krig", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_12th_Man_(film)&oldid=979996144, CS1 Norwegian Nynorsk-language sources (nn), Articles containing Norwegian-language text, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Torgny Gerhard Aanderaa as Sverre Odd Kverhellen, Ole Victor Corral as Magnus Johan Kvalvik, Axel Barø Aasen as Frithjof Meyer Haugland, Sigurd Kornelius Lakseide as Ingvald Pedersen, This page was last edited on 24 September 2020, at 00:35. Oh yeah, and I absolutely HATE when animals are harmed in movies, so I will immediately think less of any movie, where animals are harmed for entertainment (even if the animals are just really good actors). He had been there for nine days. As the ship exploded behind them, the men had no choice but to make for the shore, where the Nazis were waiting. For The 12th Man, the lead role as Jan Baalsrud is portrayed by Thomas Gullestad, who lost 33 pounds for this role. Something that gets lost in a Dunkirk scaled story. The hunted is the Norwegian resistance soldier, who works with the British to sabotage the Nazi occupation of Norway. He died in 1988, aged 71, and his ashes are buried in Manndalen, in a grave shared with Aslak Aslaksen Fossvoll, one of the local men who helped him escape to Sweden.

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