Magazine article Variety

Nova Zembla

Magazine article Variety

Nova Zembla

Article excerpt

FILM

Nova Zembla

Netherlands

A love story, a large ship and nasty icebergs are all key ingrethents of "Nova Zembla," though Dutch producer-tnrned-director Reinout Oerlemans' second effort is no "Titanic." The Lowlands' first indigenous 3D pic transforms the sea voyage of Iate-16th-century explorer Willem Barentsz - whose attempt to find a northern passage to Asia ended in a prolonged stay on the islands of Novaya Zemlya in northwestern Russia when his vessel got stuck in the ice - into a cold and action-light blockbuster. A $6.9 million local haul is solid, though offshore, the pic is likelier to harpoon ancillary biz.

Gerrit (Robert de Hoog) is a puppyeyed writer infatuated with the daughter (model Doutzen Kroes) of cartographer Petrus Plancius (Jan Decleir), who's convinced Barentsz (Derek de Lint) to set out in search of a passage to Asia via the North Pole. Screenplay by Hugo Heinen is too light on historical background and character development, with Gerrit, the expedition's official chronicler, too much of a blank-slate protag to make auds care. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.