Synopsis by Mark Deming
Hundred of violent criminals battle one another for survival in a frozen wasteland in this violent action picture from Russia. It's 2013, and mass murderer Ivan Zhilin (Konstantin Lavronenko) has finally been brought to justice for his crimes. Found guilty, Ivan is given a choice of two punishments -- life in prison, or exile to an island in the arctic where he'll stay with a few hundred other condemned men. Ivan chooses life on the island, and he's shipped off to Terra Nova with fellow criminal Nikolai (Andrei Feskov), with whom he strikes up a wary friendship. While Terra Nova was supposed to be stocked with provisions for the prisoners, animals have found and eaten most of the food, and as the desperate men struggle for survival they separate into gangs who square off against one another. Soon monstrous Monkey (Pavel Sborschikov) has become de facto leader of Terra Nova, and he and followers feed on the flesh of their enemies they've held in a makeshift prison. Ivan flees Terra Nova's new "society" to live on his own, living off the land and eventually allowing Nikolai to join him. In time, Ivan and Nikolai hatch a plan to escape, but they realize they'll need help from Monkey and his cannibal allies if they're to regain their freedom.
Arctic, arrest, battle [war], convict, criminal, deportation, island, prison, psychopath, struggle, wasteland