Midnight SunDirector: Roger Spottiswoode
USA, Canada | English
Midnight Sun is an adventure story set in the ice fields of Northern Canada. The hero is a young boy, Luke (Dakota Goyo), who defies the dangerous elements of nature to reunite an abandoned polar bear cub with its mother. On this trek Luke is aided by Muktuk, a half Inuit, half Canadian who knows the terrain where the bears live like the back of his hand. But they are soon separated on the ice floes of the high Arctic, and Luke and the cub are left to defend themselves from bear attacks, giant icebergs and vicious windstorms.
An engrossing narrative that seamlessly blends all the element of adventure makes this film a great ride for kids and grownups alike, and its poignant coming-of-age story will not fail to stir deeper feelings. While risking his life to reunite the cubs with their mother, Luke starts another even more adventurous journey of discovery and understanding of himself and of the complex bonds that link the persons that are closest to him. Dakota Goyo, who at 15 already has an impressive number of films under his belt, delivers a strong, multifaceted performance while all the breathtaking beauty of the landscape is brought vividly to the screen thanks to the expert lensing of Peter Wunstorf.