The harrowing true story behind Netflix survival thriller Against the Ice as stranded men forced to eat their dogs

NETFLIX has just dropped a new survival thriller called Against the Ice – which follows the story of two stranded men who are forced to eat their own dogs.

The historical survival film, which was released today on the popular streaming service, is based on author Ejnar Mikkelsen's novel Two Against the Ice.

Against the Ice is based in 1909 and follows Ejnar Mikkelsen (Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Iver Iversen (Joe Cole) on their expedition in Denmark.

They try to disprove the United States' claim to North-Eastern Greenland.

The US believed it was a separate island, which was the complete opposite to what Denmark thought.

The official synopsis reads: "Exploring Greenland's vast landscape for a lost map, two men must fight to survive.

"Based on the true story of Denmark's 1909 polar expedition."

On their travels the pair are joined by their dogs – and unfortunately all the pups end up dying during the film.

During a chat with ComingSoon, GoT favourite Nikolaj commented on the safety of the dogs.

He told the publication: "I should say because I’ve been asked about this, I can say no animals were hurt during the making of Against the Ice.

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"Just to put that out there."

The star confessed that he loved working with the pups during his stint on the film.

Nikolaj added: "They’re amazing. These dogs are incredible. I mean they love what they do. They love the work. You can see the excitement when they go out and when they pull on those sleds. They’re so powerful. They’re so strong.

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"Obviously, especially in Greenland that we were working with the local hunters and their dogs. They’re not pets. Some of them you can pet, but you should not.

"You don’t just approach a sled dog without permission from the owner because it might literally bite your hand off."

Against the Ice was written by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Joe Derrick, and directed by Peter Flinth.

Against the Ice also stars Charles Dance as a character called Neergaar, and Heida Reed as Naja.

The blockbuster is currently number six in the top 10 list on Netflix today.

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