ICEMAN (2019)

"Neolithic Man Seeks Revenge After His Family Is Murdered"

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Summary:

ICEMAN is the story of a Neolithic man living 5,000 years ago with his family in the Alps who sets out on a journey through the harsh, freezing mountains to find the man who killed his family. ICEMAN is well crafted and creates sympathy for the man and his family, but contains disturbing, brutal visuals of bloodshed, stabbing people, ripping people’s bodies apart, rape, and other violence.

Review:

ICEMAN is a fictional story based on the discovery of a man that was found inside a melting glacier in 1991. This man is the oldest known mummy in history, and ICEMAN is his story.

About 5000 years ago, a man lives with his woman and their children in the Ötztals Alps. They are a happy, sweet family, but life is hard in the Alps. The man goes out one day to hunt for food for his family. While he’s gone, an evil man raids the village. He sets all the huts on fire and murders everyone, including the man’s family. The wife slams her hut closed and tries to keep the man from getting to her. She gives her newborn baby to her son and tells him to run, but the evil man wins. He bursts open the door, and smacks the woman to the ground. He gets on top of her and begins raping her. The little boy runs away with his infant sibling. Another man walks in on the guy raping the woman. He pushes him aside and stabs the woman in her chest while blood spews everywhere. The men step outside, and kill the young boy with a bow and arrow before he can escape.

The men steal some fur coats and a few valuables and leave the hut. The man comes home, and discovers his woman and children have died. He cries out to the mountains. He closes the eyes of his deceased wife and then his son. While closing his son’s eyes, he hears his young infant crying in his arms. The baby has survived! He scoops up the baby, gathers what little he has left and sets out on a journey to seek revenge on the man that killed his family.

The movie turns into an epic visual of the man’s journey through nature to find the murderer. The man’s baby won’t stop crying, so he finds a goat with milk and forces the infant to drink from the breasts of the goat, which is a very unsettling scene to watch. He hides out in unusual crevasses formed by the mountains, kills men passing by him with his bow and arrow and is forced to deal with feelings of loneliness and isolation along the way.

Battling nature with an infant isn’t easy. [SPOILERS FOLLOW] In the end, the man does face his murderer, but he does not live for the victory. He is shot and killed by a man unrelated to the case. He is shot with a bow and arrow, which forces him to lose his balance, and fall off a mountain into a snowy glacier below. He remains there for 5,000 years until he’s discovered in 1991.

ICEMAN has incredible production values. The wilderness shots of the mighty mountains, sunrises, rivers, snowfall, and bonfires are breathtaking. Most of the movie is told without words. The few spoken words are in an ancient dialect without subtitles. The movie’s more a visual journey of one man’s struggles to survive in the wild while dealing with feelings of isolation in nature. Well crafted, ICEMAN helps viewers gain a better understanding of what life might have been like in the Alps 5,000 years ago. Also, the protagonist clearly cares about his family. Apart from that, however, ICEMAN is horribly disturbing. It contains brutal visuals of bloodshed, stabbing people, ripping people’s bodies apart, rape, and other violence.

Content:

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Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong pagan worldview with no religion present, men fight and kill anytime that someone upsets them, men have no problem killing in order to rob someone of their possessions, there is no higher power present, and the characters this ancient lifestyle have a system where anything goes, with some minor moral references to love and justice where, despite the cruelty of most of the people, some people are truly kind, like the main character who loves his family dearly and only seeks to kill another person to bring justice to his deceased loved ones

Foul Language:
No foul language, some obscene images of deceased village people with blood covering their body after they are murdered

Violence:
Heavy violence with extreme bloodshed and fighting, men kill each other with bows and arrows, men stab each other with sticks and stones, man rips another man’s eyeball’s out, man kills innocent children with a sharp dagger, man twists a stick into a woman’s neck, men set fire on a hut while children are inside, men hit, punch and tackle each other to the ground, and rape

Sex:
Brief depicted sexual immortality includes scene of a man raping a woman from behind as she cries out for help, plus one image of a woman placing a man’s hands on her breasts and trying to seduce him

Nudity:
No nudity

Alcohol Use:
No alcohol use

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Strong miscellaneous immortality includes stealing, revenge, murder, and rape, plus a sacred box of some sort is shown some reverence during the story but movie gives no clue to what was in the box, and man throws the box away at the end in frustration when it doesn’t seem to help him.

In Brief:

In 1991, a melting glacier revealed the body of a man who had been dead for over 5,000 years. ICEMAN is the fictional interpretation of his story. In the movie, the man returns home after hunting, only to find his family has been murdered and his hut set on fire. He goes on a journey to find the killer with his surviving baby, battling through the rough, snowy mountains and the intense loneliness along the way.

ICEMAN has incredible production values. The mighty mountains, sunrises, rivers, snowfall, and bonfires are breathtaking. Most of the movie is told without words. The few spoken words are in an ancient dialect without subtitles. The movie’s a visual journey of one man’s struggles to survive in the wild while dealing with isolation. Well crafted, ICEMAN helps viewers gain a better understanding of what life might have been like in the Alps 5,000 years ago. Also, the protagonist clearly cares about his family. Apart from that, however, ICEMAN is horribly disturbing. It contains brutal visuals of bloodshed, stabbing people, ripping people’s bodies apart, rape, and other violence.

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