On the IceClosed Captioning
Andrew Okpeaha Maclean
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In this engrossing and suspenseful feature film debut by filmmaker Andrew Okpeaha MacLean, two teenage boys who have grown up like brothers go about their lives in the comfortable claustrophobia of an isolated Alaskan town. Early one morning, on a seal hunt with another teenager, an argument between the three boys quickly escalates into a tragic accident. Bonded by their dark secret, the two best friends are forced to create one fabrication after another in order to survive. The shocked boys stumble through guilt-fueled days, avoiding the suspicions of their community as they weave a web of deceit. With their future in the balance, the two boys are forced to explore the limits of friendship and honor.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 15
- Fresh: 10
- Rotten: 5
- Average Rating: 5.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: While Mr. Irelan and a few of the supporting players have some solid moments (the entire cast consists of nonprofessionals), the general vibe is too stilted to convince.
Fresh: An authentic look at life in remote Alaska (the film was shot with a native cast in MacLean's hometown of Barrow) and at a people grappling with drugs, alcoholism, poverty and the limits of an unforgiving environment.
Fresh: On the Ice is a marvel of concentrated, classical storytelling.
Fresh: The sympathetic feature debut of a young Inupiat filmmaker, Andrew Okpeaha MacLean.
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