Man vs Frozen Wilderness has been done before of course. Leonardo di Caprio tries to survive the South Dakotan winter, and bears, in The Revenant; Liam Neeson fights the Alaskan cold, and wolves, in The Grey; we don’t exactly know where Mads Mikkelsen is, but he is trying to survive the cold, and polar bears, somewhere in the Arctic circle.
So first of all you have to go into this movie with the right mindset: it is a graphic novel adaptation, and it is as violent as Jonh Wick, as over the top as Crank, and the lead is played by Mads Mikkelsen. What more can one ask for if you’re in the mood for a fun, brainless actioner?
A dark Danish comedy by director Anders Thomas Jensen, Men & Chicken starts out about two brothers, Elias (Mads Mikkelsen) and Gabriel (David Dencik), with some obvious behavioural and social challenges whose father has just passed away. He has left them a videotape, explaining that he is not their biological father, and that they have two different mothers to boot.
Little kids don’t lie. Or do they? Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) is trying to rebuild purpose to his life; he lives in a small community somewhere in Denmark, has had a bad divorce, his teenage son lives with his mother, has lost his job but has found a new one as teacher in the local kindergarten.