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Westman Islands, 1984. When the Breki-VI, an Icelandic trawler, goes down with all hands bar one, the sole survivor, Gulli (Ólafsson), is feted as a hero and a scientific anomaly. But how did he endure six hours in freezing seas and can he endure survivor


During a freezing night in March 1984, a trawler capsized off the coast of Iceland. Of its crew, only one man survived — by swimming miles back to shore when hypothermia should, in theory, have killed him in minutes. Now Contraband director Baltasar Kormákur has turned this story into big-screen drama, smartly casting big-boned Ólafur Darri Ólafsson as Gulli, an awkward lunk who has no idea how he lived when his crew died. But watching the real-life footage that runs over the end credits makes you wonder if a straight doc might not have been the stronger approach.

Back on home turf, Contraband director Kormákur has made a suitably dramatic recreation of a remarkable episode.