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The Ice Road

Published July 18, 2021

The Ice Road

Film info

  • Title The Ice Road
  • Director Jonathan Hensleigh
  • Year 2021
  • Run time 1hr 48m
  • Genres Thriller, Action
  • Tagline This mission is on thin ice

After a remote diamond mine collapses in far northern Canada, a 'big-rig' ice road driver must lead an impossible rescue mission over a frozen ocean to save the trapped miners. Contending with thawing waters and a massive storm, they discover the real threat is one they never saw coming.

Live blog

Time Comment
0:58 I don’t know what 65 000 lbs is but it sounds like a lot.
9:25 Can’t see where this is going, Liam without a job, and some cargo needing trucking.
12:27 At least he admits to being Irish… but how has he ended up as a trucker in the depths of the US?
15:12 Win-A-Pig.
16:59 Yep, she’s awesome.
23:52 Oh, why is there always a random insurance guy to get in the way?
29:14 “You’ll know when I’m hungry, it’s not very attractive.”
30:44 Bobblehead Warning System.
36:24 Clearly was expecting a sinking but it all happened so fast!
48:01 Uh oh, moral dilemma.
1:01:56 Ooh, they made Neeson angry… he’s got a special set of skills you know.
1:05:45 $100 a month really doesn’t seem like enough to risk everything.
1:10:19 How’s a skidoo supposed to take on a truck without a gun?
1:15:20 Bargaining with the vehicle… we’ve all been there.
1:19:47 This guy and his explosives.
1:30:21 It’s the most inaccessible mine ever, ice, snow, bridges, etc.
1:32:23 He’s like the Terminator.
1:42:46 Truck truck truck!

Thoughts

So it was a hot day, and it felt like the right thing to do, watch a movie set in the frozen north to try and feel a little bit cooler by proxy. It might have worked too, but I didn’t notice because I was so busy goggling at this movie. What is it? I was sort of expecting your regular disaster movie - big trucks crossing ice that they have no business being on. But it turned into something quite different, a rescue mission against the odds with the addition of an industrial sabotage plot.

Overall it was entertaining, and very tense in places, but you could never quite get away from how silly and unnecessary it all was. And by the end, it really felt like that guy was never going to die and it was just annoying. And then it was over, and the only one anyone really cared about, the brother, didn’t get to see it through. Boo.

Rating: 2 / 5

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