Ice road, 2021.
Written and directed by Jonathan Hensleigh.
Starring Liam Neeson, Amber Midthunder, Benjamin Walker, Laurence Fishburne, Holt McCallany, Matt McCoy, Martin Sensmeier, Matt Salinger, BJ Taxes, Bradley Sawatzky, Chad Bruce, Adam Hurtig, Bradley Sawatzky, Marshall Williams, Paul Essiembre, Gabriel Arne and Jake Kennerd.
After a remote diamond mine collapses far away in northern Canada, a driver of ‘big-machine’ ice must lead an impossible rescue operation to rescue trapped miners over a frozen sea.
For anyone who is tired of watching Liam Neeson pick up guns, kill criminals, save family members, or stop terrorists (sometimes a combination of all three in one movie), one positive thing to say. Ice road is that it’s a refreshing way to give a senior action star something in his late career in the cockpit that’s roughly similar and different. But unfortunately, all that great has to be said is over. Written and directed by Jonathan Hensleigh (let me say this, 20 minutes ago, I started thinking about Michael Bay Armageddon, edited by the IMDb as a reminder that he wrote that success) is the noble goal of pouring respect on the drivers of large equipment with blue collars who carry various objects on dangerous ice roads. So without anyone like Liam Neeson, here’s a great concept that’s ripe for dangerous quarrels and vehicle massacres, or say, Crazy Max on ice.
Ice road Mike McCann, an everyday person in Liam Neeson, can’t get his job down because his PTSD from the veteran phase of the Iraq war in the care of his brother Gurty (Marcus Thomas) is a constant target of bullying. Mike’s co-workers treat Gurty as inhumane and go as far as using mentally handicapped sludge, which the former responds with by beating. Research has shown nothing, but I am going to go to the limb and say that Marcus Thomas is not mentally impaired and does not suffer from aphasia. Because I’m physically disabled myself, it’s anything; I don’t want the actual disabled person to have to participate in this waste, even if there’s an arc-nemesis. Peanut butter Falcon, This is not.
More effectively, for the hero (Mike and Gurty quickly land on their feet and take a risky job across the deceptive nominal ice road that delivers the wellhead to rescue Canadian miners trapped) he sometimes crosses the line understandably frustrated directly orally and malicious. Why the film needs even a sibling drama is in itself a mystery, let alone a disabled character that only adds to the local sentimental nonsense. There is nothing sincere or empowering about incorporating a character.
Jonathan Hensleigh also has no choice but to break Ice road in the melodrama and betrayal aspects, because outside the exciting period in the middle, where the ice rises forward and breaks behind the ferry, he never knows how to make this exciting. The rescue team is made up of Mike and Gurty together with veteran ice driver Goldenrod (Laurence Fishburne), a political activist who has also experienced high-risk off-road traffic and a sister to one of the miners who is currently dying from suffocation difficulties in Benjamin (Amber Midthunder). It should be, of course, that the film is almost non-existent if this group (divided into three major lineups) travels the entire trip without any problems, nor is it easy to say that someone could figure out who the traitor has just read this review.
Mike also gives prejudices and passes the reasons to Tanto as the operation goes sideways. The second character often calls you “people” from Tantoo, because our protagonist just follows it because there must also be a redemption arc. Again, the problem is not that the characters are complex and a bit racist; it is that Ice road is as empty as a big budget spectacle that it pushes a huge number of misleading social points that no one cares about. Jonathan Hensleigh seems to think racism will solve someone by saying, “I’m really judging you wrong” after the obvious truth comes to light.
There is also some other predictable conspiracy drama going on with the dying workers, who are slowly realizing that they were supposed to spend money. Nevertheless, there is still a cliché that someone suggests that they reduce the number in order to have a better chance of survival. Unfortunately, none of them are a particularly memorable character, which contributes to the idea that this film never rises above its early stage of ideas, doomed to enjoy unnecessary drama that has nothing to do with respect for real-life icebreakers. And the few scenes here aren’t quite entertaining. If anything, they routinely interfere with failures by hiding Liam Neeson’s trick.
The implementation is so bad that it’s also a struggle to find enthusiastic reactions to a stunning environment (especially when showing large-scale shots of endless ice that looks like it can break at any time in a second) or worthwhile visual effects. Unpleasant aggressive behavior between racist figures towards people with disabilities and failure to focus on this work (which extends into an inconspicuous series), Ice road sinks before gaining any momentum.
Flickering myth rating – Movie: ★ / Movie: ★ ★
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