Many people have commented on the political commentary and the awful acting by some of the characters, but if you can ignore all of that (which I am fairly good at doing) this movie still doesn't hold up.
First, most characters in the movie exhibit wildly varying symptoms after being infected. One guy you can't even tell is infected, another has one sore he keeps covered, one girl looks ready to keel over any minute before she does, and another girl is covered in sores. No wonder none of them were smart enough to figure any of it out.
The rest of the movie is just full of dumb moments.
Val Kilmer's character is shot in the chest at point blank range with a rifle, survives in the tundra for 24 hours and crawls a long distance back to the main facility. Meanwhile his daughter drives an ATV out to where he was shot and back between when he was shot and when he shows up later without even seeing him!
Speaking of that, she sees a dead body buried out by where he was shot, half un-buries it and then just assumes its her dad. So she turns around and goes back to the main facility.
The graves they dug for the victims at the beginning of the movie are about 8 inches deep.
A girl clearly deathly ill and about to die is spitting up dark green/black muck and another girl bends down to give her mouth to mouth.
The get ready and set everything up to amputate a guy's arm, but when it won't stop bleeding after they cut it off they run outside to get a first aid kit. Why wouldn't they have it already?
They finally figure out the muck filled woman was infected with a parasite and instead of sealing off that room, decide to wrap her up and drag her across the facility to a lab and seal her off there.
A video camera that has no tape upon first inspection later has a plot- crucial video that the main characters have to retrieve from the quarantine room.
And there are probably more I am forgetting.
The movie had some potential. The acting was bearable for the most part and the political commentary is easy to ignore. However, when a movie is full of dumb moments like these it turns into something you laugh at with friends rather than think about or event enjoy for the reasons the filmmaker intended.
Horror / Sci-Fi
Horror / Sci-Fi
At a remote Arctic research station, four ecology students discover the real horror of global warming is not the melting ice, but what's frozen within it. A prehistoric parasite is released from the carcass of a Woolly Mammoth upon the unsuspecting students who are forced to quarantine and make necessary sacrifices, or risk infecting the rest of the world.
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December 22, 2011 at 12:46 am