In 1991, a melting glacier revealed the body of a man. At first, people assumed he was a hiker. Later, his true Stone Age origins were revealed. This is his story…
From writer/director Felix Randau, ICEMAN is set in the stunning Ötztal Alps, more than 5,300 years ago. Kelab (Jürgen Vogel), leader of a Neolithic clan, is also the appointed keeper of the group’s holy shrine, Tineka. But, one day, while out hunting, his village is attacked by a bloodthirsty band of marauders. Everyone in the tribe is brutally murdered, including Kelab’s wife and son, and Tineka is stolen. Blinded by pain and fury, Kelab now has one sole purpose — vengeance — and he sets off on a treacherous odyssey through the mountains to confront his family’s killers.
What We Thought:
Iceman is a hard movie to review. It takes a real life find (a man frozen for over 5000 years) and creates a fake narrative of how he ended up becoming frozen. Everything that happens in the movie was made up by someone and sure that’s what most movies are, but most don’t start with a real life finding and work backwards.
I guess in a way you can compare it to The Perfect Storm. Part of that movie is real (there was a storm that sunk a boat killing all aboard it), but what those men did after leaving port and dying is all made up. Nobody knows what those men talked about, ate, how they interacted or how much fish they caught before they died. Someone created that entire narrative.
That’s what this movie did. Someone made up this story of loss and revenge for this man who was found frozen. They put it in a language no one understands and didn’t even add subtitles. Basically we have no idea what the characters say to each other, but you can figure out what’s happening as you watch it.
I will say the setting is amazing. Shot in the Ötztal Alps, the backdrop is breathtaking. Whether it’s the mountains or the water or the land itself, it’s a beautiful area to film. It reminded me of the show Vikings in how the environment is a character itself.
Iceman takes a real life frozen body and makes up a story about a man’s family being killed and him hunting down the men who did it. Maybe it happened, maybe it didn’t. I’m not sure if humans from 5000 years ago had long bows like these men used to hunt, but we can go along with it. You won’t understand what they are saying, but you can understand the plot. It’s something different, but I’m not sure what they were going for here.
Making-of Iceman (25 minute featurette)
Running Time: 96 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen
Audio: 5.1 Surround Sound/2.0 Stereo