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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by:  Paul Ziller

Starring:
Brendan Fehr
Victor Garber
Jodelle Ferland

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
Beneath the Alaskan landscape, the melting permafrost is about to drastically alter the tranquil scenery. As the permafrost thaws, underground rivers of volatile liquid Methane are created, causing a succession of violent and destructive earthquakes. It's a race against time to stop the deadly rivers before they lead to a catastrophic explosion that threatens the planet.
Is it good movie?
Well, I think I might just have to be done with SyFy movies. I've tried and tried to be able to plant my tongue firmly in cheek, but it just can't be done. I know I say this almost every time, but these movies are almost universally the same. Bad CGI, bad acting, a stupid scientific element that makes little sense, government bad guys and most of the time, a big stupid monster.

There's no monster here though, just evil fart gas (yeah, methane). Yes, somewhere in America (or a blatantly obvious Canadian landscape), people have been frozen and killed by evil methane gas clouds that have risen up from a big crack in the snow.

The first plot device comes when a scientist (Brendan Fehr) who knows all about these evil earthquakes causing ice-gas related deaths decides to take his stereotypical family (Wife, annoying daughter and hero kid) up on the evil mountain to cut down a Christmas tree. I kid you not.

Anyway, stupid government people theorize and spout on endlessly about how a giant methane cloud is going to erupt from the mountain and wipe all of us out like the dinosaurs. Of course, the scientist and his family are trapped on the mountain and separated while they endure everything that you'd expect in a snow related "disaster" movie, like big cracks in the show, avalanches and such.

Meanwhile, the plot is furthered along by the suits and soldiers sitting around in a bunker somewhere, puzzling about how to escape this without the end of the world coming along.

Everything about this flick is pure cheese, and I don't even know if anyone can take these movies seriously. I can't help but groan when I watch them, as I used to work at a video store and fondly recall people spending their hard earned money on crap like this saying how they "couldn't wait" to see it because they like disaster movies.

Well, this one's a disaster alright. To be fair, there's no giant monster, just killer snow stuff. And to give a bit more credit, the acting isn't completely terrible. The film however, is practically a goofy comedy, packed with a super-lame cliched family and a completely clueless military presence who can't aim their guns and don't have any common sense.

If you're looking for some really, really silly fun, you may enjoy this one. If you're looking for anything serious with a decent plot or a measure of suspense, look elsewhere. Bad effects, bad plot, and lots of Canada standing in for somewhere else. It felt like a lame ABC family movie because of the saccharine family stuff. If this sounds good to you, pick it up.
Video / Audio
Video offers a 1.78:1 1080p widescreen transfer and actually looks pretty good. It really shows off the awful, awful effects.

Audio is also good, sporting a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track that is really sharp and booms through the speakers. Good stuff here.

The Extras
All we get here is a Making Of feature, which runs about a half an hour long. Why do we get a half an hour of fluff for crap like this, when some great films barely get any juicy extras to dig into? Cruel!

A trailer shows up as well.

Last Call
This review is summed up the same way as all other Syfy reviews: if you purposely seek out hokey, crappy B movies then this is for you. The film looks and sounds pretty good, but I would personally avoid it like the plague.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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