ICE QUAKE (BLU RAY)
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
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
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
Audio is also good, sporting a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track that is
really sharp and booms through the speakers. Good stuff here.
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.
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