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3.0 out of 5 stars Get your flash-frozen human popsicles right here, 18 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Arctic Blast [DVD] (DVD)
Like all self-respecting disaster movies, Arctic Blast starts out with a narrator giving us some scientific facts that will prove quite relevant for all that is to follow. The coldest place on Earth, we are told, is not the North or South Pole but the Mesosphere (some fifty to a hundred kilometers above sea level), where the temperature is well over a hundred degrees below zero (Fahrenheit). After this brief introduction, though, the science of Arctic Blast quickly changes into something the writers came up with in their imagination (much like the pseudo-science of global warming). For reasons no one ever even attempted to explain, a full solar eclipse somehow causes a rift in the ozone layer that quickly becomes a really big hole in the ozone. Now maybe you're thinking such a hole in the ozone is going to cause temperatures to increase and result in all kinds of nasty consequences from an overabundance of ultraviolet rays rushing down to the Earth's surface. Sorry - but you're quite wrong. What actually happens is that the hole in the ozone layer allows the freezing temperatures in the higher Mesosphere to come pouring down to Earth through the hole, resulting in an ever-expanding wave of deadly cold frost and fog. We're talking really, really cold here - cold enough to flash freeze every human (and virtually everything else) it comes in contact with.

It's obvious what such a dire situation calls for: a rogue-ish scientist having a serious relationship problem with a wife or girlfriend brought on by his over commitment to his job and under commitment to his family. Luckily, we have just such a guy down in southern Australia, only a few hundred miles from the location of the rift. Not only is Jack Tate (Michael Shanks) dealing with a wife asking for a divorce and an alienated daughter, he also has a boss who doesn't want to hear his ideas despite the fact he's the best man in his field. Clearly, Jack Tate is the man for the job. He is the first person to understand what is happening, but no one believes his warnings of a killer cold front coming straight for Australia - not until flash-frozen human popsicles start littering the island of Tasmania. Does his boss listen to him then? Of course not. He cuts Jack completely out of the loop and comes up with his own cockamamie scheme for repairing the damage to the ozone layer. Meanwhile, more rifts start popping up all over the globe, taking on more and more of the appearance of a mass extinction event.

Really, this is a great idea for a low-budget disaster movie. Heck, all you really need are some great big smoke and fog machines, and you've got most of your special effects right there on the cheap. Add in a makeup artist to make a few people look frozen, sprinkle a little CGI on top (it's not a disaster movie without at least one explosion), and you're done. Fortunately, the film also has the good sense to limit its "we caused this with our pollution" propaganda to a bare minimum, making it easier to enjoy. The end result is an exceedingly average disaster flick - an unremarkable yet filling serving in my steady diet of low-budget disaster movies.
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Initial post: 24 Aug 2011 18:37:31 BDT
T. Bunting says:
thanks for this great review it's made me decide to purchase the film, I just love disaster movies I own all the ones made in the 70's

Posted on 4 Sep 2011 23:54:24 BDT
bernie says:
Great revieww and very helpful.
Of course it is you fault that I watched this.
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