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  • Summary: 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 darkTwo 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, they are forced to explore the limits of friendship and honor. (Silverwood Films) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Feb 15, 2012
    83
    The performances, all from non-professional local actors, are noticeably uneven, but the film is as much a portrait of a place as it is a narrative, and cinematographer Lol Crawley shoots the white-on-white polar expanses like they're vistas stretching to the ends of the earth-which in a way, they are.
  2. Reviewed by: Brian Miller
    Feb 14, 2012
    80
    On the Ice is a marvel of concentrated, classical storytelling. The flat, snowy landscape strips away all but the essentials from its tale.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Mar 29, 2012
    80
    It is an offbeat gem.
  4. Reviewed by: Kenji Fujishima
    Feb 16, 2012
    50
    The moral dilemmas in On the Ice ultimately fail to resonate, Qalli's concluding plea for his flawed humanity coming off as strangely hollow.
  5. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Feb 23, 2012
    50
    Film noir has seldom been so blanc.
  6. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Feb 17, 2012
    50
    Barrow's frozen vistas are a perfect match for the noir tone of On the Ice. Unfortunately, the emotional landscape of MacLean's stoic main character, Qalli, is often as blank as the tundra.
  7. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Feb 14, 2012
    40
    More than a moral dilemma is needed to make up for the uneven performances, slack pacing and wonky dialogue, and while MacLean certainly has a keen eye, the rest of his storytelling facilities haven't quite caught up with it yet.

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