Look also for the way this miscast band of brothers consumes the cabin's resources - even the cabin itself - just as their countries would do to Norway. That we must burn the very thing that sustains us is one of the movie's subtlest, saddest messages, and there comes a moment where the warriors nearly go too far.

In the film's most memorable scene, four former enemies stand silhouetted atop a hill witnessing the aurora borealis as one of them sings "Over the Rainbow." Soon after, the weather clears, the sun comes out, and Norwegian troops track down our heroes.

Into the White thus embarks upon an ending that is partially tragic and happy, sad and affirming, regrettable and hopeful. This is the kind of film you end up glad you saw despite the fact that it didn't do any one thing in spectacular fashion, and leaves you neither praising nor despairing the condition of the human spirit.

CAUTIONS

  • Language/Profanity: A handful of uses of the f-word, some uses of the s-word; male characters use coarse terms to brag about their genitalia; a "pi--ing contest"
  • Alcohol/Smoking/Drugs: Alcohol is used to dull a man's senses before surgery; characters share a drink that is more about friendship and imbibing calories than getting drunk; one character has saved cigarettes for the day of rescue, but passes them out for a shared smoke in the cabin
  • Sex/Nudity: None. Characters are shown using the outhouse or relieving themselves outdoors, but nothing is seen
  • Violence: Aircraft crash off-screen; a rabbit is shot for food, a man then cuts the dead rabbit's head off; a man is hit in the face to knock him out for his own good; a man's gangrenous arm is amputated with an ax; guns are pulled on people threateningly; a man is shot in the chest and killed

Publication date: April 12, 2013