Hartnett stars in this made-for-TV-quality drama as a real-life former hockey pro and crystal meth addict who gets stranded after a snowboarding accident
You wait ages for a movie about survival on a snowy mountainside, and two come along at once. In the wake of last week’s Kate Winslet and Idris Elba vehicle The Mountain Between Us comes this based-on-a-true-story drama about what happened to former pro hockey player Eric LeMarque (Josh Harnett) when he went snowboarding with a plastic bag full of crystal meth, a two-way radio low on charge, and a foolhardy belief in his own inviolability.
Bleached-out flashbacks to LeMarque’s unhappy childhood punctuate the film’s present-tense trudges through the snow, failures to light a fire, and inevitable encounters with wolves. Stylistically, it’s strictly made-for-TV trauma-drama stuff, but it’s hard not to admire Hartnett’s tenacity in what was surely a physically challenging role and wonder why he hasn’t had a better career arc.