Old Movie Review: Into the White (2012)

“Into the White” is an interesting little film about three Germans and two Englishman trapped in a cabin together during WWII. Not exactly the friendliest of compatriots. It’s a movie by Petter Naess. I have no idea who that is, but he did a good job with this movie. It also stars Rupert Grint from the Harry Potter films (Ron Weasley). The film begins with a downed Nazi warplane. Of the four man crew, three men have survived. They are lost in a winter wasteland in Norway. They make what preparations they can and then head off in pursuit of the coastline hoping to find their way back to German territory. Shortly, they find a cabin in the middle of nowhere and set up a temporary home to escape the harsh weather for a bit. No sooner have they made themselves comfortable, but two English airmen arrive. They, too, have been shot down. Surprisingly, the Germans invite the Englishmen in, and then, unsurprisingly, the Germans take the Englishmen captive.


What follows is an intriguing tale of survival in a harsh place. The two groups of men must learn to work together to survive. One of them was injured during the plane crash making for increased difficulty and hardship and eventually forcing a crude amputation. The roles of captors and prisoners are reversed a couple times until both sides agree to do away with the weapons. By the end of the movie, the men have become sort-of friends with each other. One of the Englishmen weeps when one of the Germans is killed, and what-have-you.


Strengths: the acting was good, the filming was good, and the special effects (what limited ones there were—amputation) were acceptable. The plot held together well and provided an intriguing look at how even the worst of enemies can become friends. Weaknesses: I don’t think there were any major weaknesses that reflected poorly on the integrity of the film, but I do have to take issue at one point. In the middle of the movie, there was a kind of relativistic assertion (it wasn’t stated that way, but it was kind of implied) where the Germans claimed they were simply doing what the Englishmen were doing or had done.  German aggression was no different than English colonialism. I’m not an expert on history, so I can’t go tit-for-tat between the English and the Germans. But I do know the English never tried to shove an entire race of people into gas chambers and ovens. English hands aren’t perfectly clean by any stretch of the imagination, but Nazi Germany embodied an evil which should not be wiped away in a fit of relativistic ambiguity. Other than that, the movie was actually quite good.


I’ll give it four stars out of five.

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