Although competent in terms of storytelling, the most impressive aspect of the film was its visual impact, with some severe scenes causing discomfort. But it’s also a jolt when we think that these occurrences actually happened.
Even though it has it's problems, (some of the cut-and-paste-straight-from-Jan-Baalsruds-Wikipedia-page-like dialogue being a big one) I still found this film to be surprisingly competent, and highly entertaining. Thomas "Fingern" Gullestad's performance was also pretty decent in my opinion. Norwegian cinema still has a long way to go to reach international standards, but we're on our way! (or at least we're trying)
Excellently filmed account of a truly remarkable survival story. It is a grueling watch, drawing you right into the harsh landscapes and making you feel the brutal resilience he has to battle through. The scenes with the various families and individuals who help him along the way are touching, contrasting well with the scenes focused on the Nazi's pursuit. Luckily it avoids slipping into sentimentality. Recommended.