5.0 out of 5 stars VERY VERY GOOD MOVIE!!!!
SUSPENCE AND REALY GOOD ENTERTANMENT I LOVE THIS ONE! ANDVAL KILMER PLAYED EXELENT IN HIS CARACTER:
I LOVE SUSPENCE:-) I GIVE IT A 10
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not The Thing but a decent enough Arctic Horror
Val Kilmer (The Saint) plays Doctor David Kruipen, a scientist investigating global-warming's effect on the Arctic ice. When melting ice reveals a woolly mammoth corpse, people at the research station start getting sick. With his team in dire straits, David requests reinforcements to continue his research, but when his daughter tags alongs with the recruits, David is put...
Published 18 months ago by J. Morris
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not The Thing but a decent enough Arctic Horror,
This review is from: Thaw [DVD] (DVD)Val Kilmer (The Saint) plays Doctor David Kruipen, a scientist investigating global-warming's effect on the Arctic ice. When melting ice reveals a woolly mammoth corpse, people at the research station start getting sick. With his team in dire straits, David requests reinforcements to continue his research, but when his daughter tags alongs with the recruits, David is put into a difficult moral decision on what comes first, his research or his daughter? As the parasites continue to infect the researchers, it becomes a quarantine survival situation, but will anyone make it out alive?
The Thaw is a decent enough Horror film, well fleshed-out with respectable CGI and acting from all involved. There are some pretty gory scenes with subcutaneous burrowing insects involved and I was geuinely gripped with intrigue throughout the duration. Whilst this isn't the most original theme out there by any means, this is a decent rendition of a worn idea (isolation and the unknown) but done in a way that will keep you interested, but fails to blow you away.
Recommended for a quality Horror movie - an easy watch - but nothing incredible.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars There are worst horror films around,
This review is from: Thaw [DVD] (DVD)`Thaw' is basically a warning against global warming where, because if the polar ice caps melting, a woolly mammoth's body is discovered an unfrozen. Bugs are unleashed from its corpse which then set about infecting and killing your average bunch of American teenagers who always seem to end up in these sorts of situations.
Thaw seemed like a bit of a remake of `Cabin Fever' due to it having a group of dopey teens in a secluded setting, turning on each other as they don't know who's definitely infected and who's not. However, where as Cabin Fever had a fair share of humour to its gore, Thaw plays it straight.
That's not to say that Thaw's a bad film. It has its plus points - the bugs are well animated (as far as inch-long beasties can be) and there are some nice moments of gore to keep those with a strong stomach happy. The film goes along as you'd expect. Sure, if this happened in real life, we'd probably do something different, but, luckily for the plot (and bugs in many ways) the group of teenagers contains a prize chump who seems to choose the wrong decision at every turn (which results in another death or amputation).
Thaw is no classic (it has Val Kilmer in it after all), but there are worse horror films out there (like most of the studio `After Dark's' output). Don't expect too much and you may enjoy it.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Does enough to unnerve,
This review is from: Thaw [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)The film starts with a big hullaballoo about global warming which, whilst justifiable, is a little confusing. When it gets down to the action though, I found it pretty good. The basic plot is that there are some researchers out in the Arctic; they find a bear eating something; tranquillise it, and then mysteriously get ill. That's the start. Then there arrive some student ecologists expecting to find these researchers at the base camp. The chief researcher's daughter also comes despite his having told her not to come.
It's not spoiling much to say that the mysterious cause of the sickness are prehistoric 'vertebrates' which have hatched from frozen eggs in the carcass of the wooly mammoth that the polar bear had been eating at the start. Anyway, these bugs are pretty pernicious; getting under the characters' skin in 'The Mummy' style.The rest of the film is mostly the 4 students dealing with the bug problem inside the research base, which gives rise to some fairly gross scenes--although retrospectively the 'ick factor' could have been higher. If you're not a bug fan, the film will probably succeed in unnerving you a fair bit. I found myself swatting at a fly a little apprehensively half-way through the film!
If you like horror movies, and especially 'biological' horror movies, this will be a good one to add to your repertoire. If not, I'd just rent it. The acting is ok, though I didn't really connect with any of the characters. There are some grisly scenes, and some moments where you will be shaking your head at moronic decisions, but all in all it's not a bad film.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unrealised potential in tepid sub-zero horror,
This review is from: Thaw [DVD] (DVD)There's something about horror films set in sub-zero conditions that just adds another dimension to movies for me: John Carpenter's The Thing, 30 Days of Night, and The Shining are all excellent examples of movies that have been greatly enhanced by the characters having to deal not only with their respective antagonists but also to contend with the adverse weather conditions and the isolation thrust upon them by the harsh climate.
Having watched the trailer for The Thaw, I thought it showed some promise...
Starring Val Kilmer (The Island of Dr Moreau, Heat, Twixt), Martha MacIsaac (Superbad), Kyle Schmid (A History of Violence, The Covenant, Joy Ride 2), Steph Song and Aaron Ashmore (Fear Island, The Shrine), The Thaw was filmed on location in British Columbia, Canada, the research station where proceedings largely play out is set in a suitably bleak and isolated site, adding another quandry for the visiting students to contend with along with the prehistoric bugs that have been unleashed.
The special effects are largely CGI and obviously so. The practical effects, when brought in to play, were on the whole well-done and one particular scene involving a meat cleaver genuinely left me wincing. The MPAA rated this film as an `R' for "violence, disturbing images, language and brief sexuality" and I would say that is appropriate. Some of the scenes here are not for the faint of heart or indeed for entomophobes.
With regards the acting, I'm afraid it was largely perfunctory. Divisive actor Val Kilmer is left with not very much to do in this film and I suggest he's probably been drafted in to add a bit of star pulling power to the project; a real shame since when given a chance to stretch his acting legs, he's capable of some excellent performances, such as his turn as Doc Holliday in Tombstone. MacIsaac's character turns from bratty teenager with daddy issues in the first half of the movie to some kind of brainbox paleoentomologist in the second half and this change is entirely unconvincing and somewhat annoying.
For my money, the best performance came from Schmid who displayed a wide range of emotion across the film as well as being able to present as a more physical actor when required to do so.
Horror movies are tremendous vehicles for conveying allegorical messages to your audience. Romero was noted for it with Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead in particular. The Thaw attempts to follow this well-worn horror trend but the environmental message behind the film is laid on thick and without any subtlety whatsoever, rendering any prospective impact it may have had impotent.
At one point, I thought this film was going to play out like Eli Roth's Cabin Fever without the rampaging hormones that were at play in that movie; with some nasty body horror. However, The Thaw was distinctly more pedestrian and I feel that many opportunities were not exploited to their full potential here, making for a long 90 minute viewing.
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY VERY GOOD MOVIE!!!!,
This review is from: Thaw [DVD] (DVD)SUSPENCE AND REALY GOOD ENTERTANMENT I LOVE THIS ONE! ANDVAL KILMER PLAYED EXELENT IN HIS CARACTER:
I LOVE SUSPENCE:-) I GIVE IT A 10
3.0 out of 5 stars I'll get you and your little dog too.,
This review is from: Thaw [Blu-ray]  [US Import] (Blu-ray)For those people that found reefer madness intriguing. Now realized the folly of consuming for bid and weeds, they will see the same story played out with unsafe sex.
This movie really bugged me. It starts out with a dissertation about the inevitability of our world due to the inability to control global warming. From there quickly goes down Hill. The film deteriorates into ancient bugs locate you movie. The story was much better done in a movie called "The Thing." For that matter it was much better done in the movie called "The Deadly Mantis."
This animal should be relegated to midnight television. I can't believe they gave it the blue Ray treatment. But it's good to see Val Kilmer playing older parts. And there were a lot of parts.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Frost,
This review is from: Thaw [DVD] (DVD)This Canadian produced movie reminds me of an episode of the X-Files on a larger budget. It isn't bad, it's just been done before.
Set on island in the far north, a polar bear has been munching on a slowly thawing (global warming is the big theme here) corpse of a wooly mammoth which has been infected by a very hungry beetle which in turn infects a scientific team (lead by Val Kilmer) with disastrous results. A group of students (who have been picked to work with the illustrious professor), the helicopter pilot, and his estranged daughter arrive to find the base empty. And one by one they get infected by the parasites.
Will anyone survive? Will the parasites spread to the rest of the world? Frankly it's hard to care. Despite being quite competent on the technical and acting fronts and never boring it just isn't very interesting either. One for the charity shop I think.
And just one final question. If this beetle is so dangerous to warm blooded life, how come it didn't infect the world thousands, if not millions, of years ago? If it can infect polar bears then it isn't restricted to one island and could never have been. And if even if it had, then how did the mammoth get there? The more I think about this, the more stupid the premise seems.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "..VERY COOL HORROR..",
This review is from: Thaw [DVD] (DVD)For a straight to DVD film Thaw is very good indeed, brilliant story about global warming, researchers find a melting icecap with a perfectly preserved mammoth inside of it which is host to dangerous prehistoric bugs, these bugs thaw and infect anything alive, will they stop them from spreading. The budget and effects are very good, and there is plenty of gross out moments! The film is good at building up tension and is paced very well so you dont get bored, the story moves along at a good rate, if your into horror then this is well worth checking out a gem of a film.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars thawed out on dvd,
This review is from: Thaw [DVD] (DVD)Val kilmer is in this movie. He's not the star of this really, he's only in a few scenes including the end scenes. this is a pretty good sci fi flick taking place in alaska. The story concerns insects infecting people and it is similiar to the x files in that they had a episode like that. There is a blu ray region one version of this available on amazon.com. I have that version and the picture is better than on this dvd by far. There are a few extras on it too.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A nasty little horror flick that'll get under your skin.,
This review is from: Thaw [DVD] (DVD)The remains of a mamoth are unearthed in the Arctic. But that's not all that's discovered. The mamoth was a host to an ancient parasitic insect, which burrows into animals and lays its eggs inside. As the mamoth remains begin to thaw out (due to global warming), the insect eggs inside the carcass also defrost, before hatching to wreak havok. The scientifc team which discovered the mamoth is lead by a famous environmentalist, whose daughter intends to pay a visit. By the time the daughter arrives at the site the original team has already met with a terrible fate. Now its up to her and her companions to survive the deadly bugs, and to make sure that they don't spread to civilization.
All in all, a well-made and effective little horror flick. It's creepy, disgusting, and moves at a decent pace. Sure, this sort of plotline has become familiar by now (think Cabin Fever), but it's rarely been done this well. If you can get past the implausibility of the plot then the film presents an otherwise compelling and grim experience for the viewer.
Unlike a lot of "killer bug" movies (such as Ticks, Mosquito or Skeeter) this movie plays things completely straight, with no campiness or amusingly OTT gore effects to disrupt the atmosphere. There are no super-size monsters in this one; the bugs remain small but deadly. I imagine that some viewers will be disappointed by that, whilst others will be relieved.
If you prefer a lot of silliness in your horror films, then you would probably be better off giving this one a miss. If, on the other hand, you're looking for an unnerving and (mostly) realistic horror movie that goes straight for the throat then you could definitely do worse than this gruesome tale.
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