Even though the story in The 12th Man takes place during World War 2, the focus isn’t really on Nazis as such.  Filming began by April 2016. As the ship exploded behind them, the men had no choice but to make for the shore, where the Nazis were waiting. Still, both do feature actors going through some very intense experience. He spent seven months in a Swedish hospital there before being flown back to Scotland to help train other Norwegian patriots, who were going back to Norway to continue the fight against the Germans. The 12th Man is one of those real-life stories that seemed destined to become a movie. Catastrophically, the list was out of date. I’ve seen people compare The 12th Man to The Revenant. When Marius and his friends returned with the sled, they dragged Baalsrud up the mountainside and left him under that boulder, or Gentleman’s Stone, as it was codenamed. In the process, he took a bullet to the toe. The details of Baalsrud’s escape are astonishing. And people assume horror lovers are the messed up ones. The film, which is based on historical events, was adapted from the book Jan Baalsrud and Those Who Saved Him (2001), written by Tore Haug and Astrid Karlsen Scott.  Producer Veslemoey Ruud Zwart secured the film rights for this book in 2004. However, I do have relatives that lived during this time. On April 24, 1943, high in the mountains of northern Norway, a man lay under a boulder, half buried in snow. (Shooting script by Harald Zwart). After they left, he made a phone call to his friend, a local Nazi official.
To me, this only adds to the horror; This isn’t some Freddy or Jason villain, they are simply mortal human beings. They were carrying eight tons of explosives, intended to destroy German assets. Join our mailing list to receive the latest horror reviews and news (1-2 mails per month! We rely on advertising to help fund our award-winning journalism. Not only because it’s so amazing (and almost unbelievable) that it seems like it was thought up in Hollywood. The 12th resistance fighter, Jan Baalsrud, manages to escape by hiding and swimming across the fjord, in sub-zero temperatures, to the nearest shore. The real-life horror of stories from World War 2 have been told ever since the war ended. Please review our, You need to be a subscriber to join the conversation. The end result is very impressive and Thomas Gullestad plays the desperation and heart perfectly. Go figure! Jan Baalsrud still remains a hero as you see the battle he fought to reach the neutral country Sweden and that in harsh winter conditions. The 12th Man book. Director: Harald Zwart On March 23, 1943, a fishing boat carrying eight crew members and four passengers left the Shetland Isles and headed for the fjords of northern Sweden.
Writer: Petter Skavlan (as Alex Boe) Jonathan Rhys Myers only speaks German in this movie, which is no small feat, since he doesn’t actually speak the language. According to German documents, the Nazis believed that the resistance group had perished in a blast. I read from another reviewer that it didn't exactly happened like this, who knows, with lesser Germans searching for him, but does it realy matters? He died in 1988, aged 71, and his ashes are buried in Manndalen, in a grave shared with Aslak Aslaksen Fossvoll, one of the local men who helped him escape to Sweden. Posted by Karina "ScreamQueen" Adelgaard | May 7, 2018 | Read Time 4 min. From beginning to end it was a hard watch. While he’s sick with fever from gangrene, he has the most insane nightmares which we get to experience very elegantly. Thomas Gullestad stars as the protagonist Jan Baalsrud, who escapes from Germans in Rebbenesøya, via Lyngen Fjord and Manndalen, to neutral Sweden in the spring of 1943. There was a young girl who washed and bandaged Baalsrud’s frostbitten feet. Unlike the book it is based on, The 12th Man emphasizes the efforts of those who helped Baalsrud escape, which is in line with Baalsrud's own statements about the local population's courage. When you watch a movie like The 12th Man, you already know how the story will end before it begins. That is just one example of the bravery of dozens of ordinary Norwegians, without whom the exhausted, emaciated Baalsrud would never have made his escape. The 12th man is based on a true story so that alone makes it even more interesting. As the soldiers continued to give chase, he plunged back into the water (which, being salty, was several degrees below freezing) and began to swim. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. It belonged to the sister of Marius Gronvoll, an active member of the resistance. In that sense, it really does feel strangely close. The 12th Man is one of those real-life stories that seemed destined to become a movie. When it landed on the tiny island of Rebbenesøya, about 30 miles north of the strategic port city of Tromsø, it might have been any other local vessel making an unexpected stop for engine repairs. They didn’t stand a chance. I don’t really think that’s fair to either movie. Then came an avalanche.
, In March 2004, producer Veslemøy Ruud Zwart secured the film rights to the book Jan Baalsrud and Those Who Saved Him. Most of all: it does wonders for your sense of perspective. A German warship locates the fishing boat and opens fire. I write reviews and recaps on Heaven of Horror. He fell 300 feet down into the valley, destroying his skis and losing his poles and satchel. Eleven of the fighters are rounded up by the Germans on the beach. Also, I have a huge soft spot for a good horror-comedy. For the hope you will feel from beginning till the end. The 12th Man will be released on Friday, May 4 in New York and Los Angeles, as well as on Digital and On Demand platforms, with a national theatrical rollout to follow. I had a hard time watching this movie. The review also said that turning a serious Norwegian Resistance struggle into an action film works well. Baalsrud lost a shoe in his hurry. His eyelashes were frozen solid, he was snowblind from an avalanche, and nine of his toes were in advanced stages of gangrene. Norway, 1943: after a failed anti-Nazi sabotage mission leaves his eleven comrades dead, Norwegian resistance fighter Jan Baalsrud finds himself on the run from the Gestapo through the snowbound Arctic reaches of Scandinavia.
In Shetland, 12 Norwegian resistance fighters board a fishing boat with eight tons of TNT and cross the North Sea to Operation Martin a plan to sabotage German military facilities. One does not necessarily expect Harald Zwart to direct a near-epic World War II drama based on the heroic exploits of a real-life Norwegian who, deployed from Scotland to his own country on an abortive mission, finds himself struggling against the harshest elements as he tries to escape encroaching Nazis. He hid behind a rock as the rest were rounded up; when German soldiers approached him, he shot two, then ran up the snowy hillside, still with only one shoe.
There was the fisherman who gifted Baalsrud a pair of skis. Darkness in Tenement 45 – Movie Review (2/5), The Day of the Lord – Netflix Review (2/5). He swam from Rebbenesøya to the next island, where he was found by two girls in a fishing boat. The hunter is a Nazi soldier, who prides himself on always catching “his man”. The mountainside was too steep to carry a stretcher up, so they hid Baalsrud in a small shed and, back in Furuflaten, Marius convinced a local school teacher and carpenter to make a sled, despite the fact that Germans soldiers were literally camped out in the school. The 12th Man is based on a true story, which always brings its own kind of horror.
Death was close: from the Nazi occupiers who had already tortured and killed the rest of mission, from the gangrene moving up towards from his legs, from starvation and hypothermia and exhaustion. Read 14 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it.
On the fourth day, he stumbled into a small village called Furuflaten, and collapsed inside a farmhouse.
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