Hold Your Breath: The Ice Dive review – an enjoyable journey

By Jonathon Wilson
Published: May 4, 2022
Netflix documentary Hold Your Breath: The Ice Dive


The kind of documentary that you’d expect from Netflix. It has just enough packed inside to interest those that will watch. And while the journey may not remain in the audience’s memory forever, it’s still enjoyable. 

This review of the Netflix documentary Hold Your Breath: The Ice Dive contains spoilers.

The Netflix exclusive documentary leads by saying that “some things should not be left undone just because they’re difficult”. (Probably what a lot of the Netflix team will be saying right now). 

Hold Your Breath: The Ice Dive follows ice diver and free diver Johanna Nordblad. Now aged 46, she embarks on a journey that she hopes will finish with her breaking the world record for the amount of distance traveled underneath solid ice. And with only breath allowed, the Finnish designer has quite the mission on her hands. 

The documentary splits between English and Finnish quite a lot. And, to be honest, that helps keep the audience engaged as it is more than easy to become distracted by one moment of lower entertainment, which this documentary has its fair few moments of. Even so, Johanna’s journey in Hold Your Breath: The Ice Dive is inspiring and shows tremendous levels of bravery, fearlessness, and willpower towards her aim to be the best.

As she’s already a record holder and a bike accident left her leg in a thousand pieces, many would not blame Johanna for simply settling with the world record. But no! That’s not enough, and she wants more. However, more than just focusing on Johanna’s personal mission, Hold Your Breath: The Ice Dive also retells how her dangerous mission affects her family members. As they fear that Johanna may die from her efforts, they voice their opinion that they wish she’d give up on her attempts. 

This one Netflix documentary isn’t a long watch by any means. And whilst it’s nothing new on the streaming site, it might provide just enough interest to warrant a look.

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