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Narvik Review – a stunning and naturally gripping war movie

January 24, 2023

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We review the Netflix movie Narvik, which contains no spoilers or significant plot points.

Narvík was the first defeat of Hitler’s war against the world. The battle took place in a small town in the Scandinavian region which was endowed with resources for Germany to stockpile to win the war. It’s a story rich in possibilities and effortlessly cinematic – an honest-to-God David vs. Goliath tale that at times can be gripping, and at times frustrating and inert.

Narvik review and plot summary

The story takes place in Narvik, a coastal town in Norway it is a source of one of the largest iron ore resources in the world. Of course, Hitler, as the master race, wants to expand his ever-growing empire. The northern defense was then a regiment comprising Corporal Gunnar Tofte (Carl Martin Eggesbo), who is visiting his wife Ingrid (Kristine Hartgen) and grandson Ole (Christoph Gelfert Mathiesen) for some rest and relaxation. When he returned late at night, the Germans landed on the beach and the Norwegian colonel surrendered his weapon.

Gunnar and the remaining soldiers refuse to surrender their weapons, so they leave town, led by their commander, Major Omdal (an excellent Henrik Mestad). Meanwhile, Ingrid knows German and starts working as a translator for German officers in the best hotel in town. She even helps the English diplomats (the one played by Billy Campbell) escape and hide in a cabin on top of a mountain.

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One of the themes of the film is survival. On the one hand, Gunnar and his companions must blow up a bridge that carries the rich ore out of town. Even if successful, he will most likely be captured as a prisoner of war (POW), and rumor has it that the Germans kill all POWs. Meanwhile, Ingrid must watch over Ole, while keeping a fake smile on her face, to stay on the good side of their new German owners. And if they are not their sworn enemies, Ingrid must disarm with her charm. It’s the English lawyer, as they try to blackmail her into sleeping with German officials to spy and gather information.

Carried out by Erik Skjoldbjaerg and written by Christopher Grondahl, Narvík is another European-produced World War II film that Netflix has stocked. Those like the excellent Danish film The bombardment and the Dutch film The Forgotten Battle. Erik Skjoldbjærg’s film is visually arresting, with incredibly cinematic shots from the cinematographer John-Erling Holmenes Fredriksenincluding a well-crafted bridge battle and one where Norwegian soldiers attempt to retake Narvik.

What works for Narvík This is how the script can show the ambiguity of blurred lines for some citizens of the city. On the one hand, Norway was neutral and had no allegiance to anyone. The script allows the viewer to ask the question what would they do? Especially with a child involved and everyone looking out for themselves. That said, the film is scattered, jumping around different timelines jumping between stories without establishing a natural flow.

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Is Narvik good?

Erik Skjoldbjærg’s film is a stunning war movie that’s naturally gripping and does an above-average job of playing on moral dilemmas. In addition to the solid turns of Eggesbø, Hartin and the magnetic Henrik Mestad, Narvík is a war movie worth watching.

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