An action adventure thriller from Iceland is something you don’t see in theaters every week. Operation Napoleon, based on the international bestseller from crime novelist Arnaldur Indriðason, fits that bill. For director Óskar Thór Axelsson, shooting the picture was not a day in the park.
Operation Napoleon centers on Icelandic lawyer Kristin’s (Vivian Ólafsdóttir) attempts to save her brother Elias (Atli Óskar Fjalarsson) who was captured by CIA director William Carr (Iain Glen) and his felllow soldiers. An old German World War II plane has been discovered in one of Iceland’s largest glaciers, and Elias’ phone footage of the wreckage puts him and his sister in immediate danger.
“Logistically, it was a nightmare,” said Óskar Thór Axelsson. “Even though we were staying at a hotel, it takes two hours to get to the location and two hours to get back. You just move so slowly on the glacier. On top of that, you never know what the weather is going to be like.”
Even though Axelsson scouted the location months in advance, he was not able to go the site due to low visibility. He and the crew had to “roll the dice” and that gamble paid off. “We kind of lucked out,” said Axelsson. “We had couple of bad weather shooting days while we were there but we lucked out overall. It was tough.”
All three of us gave Operation Napoleon good reviews on the latest episode of CinemAddicts: