Jonathan Hensleigh writes and directs ‘The Ice Road,’ an action-suspense film that was released digitally on Netflix in the United States and Amazon Prime in the United Kingdom.
Mike McCann (Liam Neeson) is a truck driver who takes care of his mechanic brother Gurty (Marcus Thomas) who suffers from PTSD after serving in the military. They get fired from a job after Mike defends Gurty from being bullied. As they ponder their next move, they get contacted by Jim Goldenrod (Laurence Fishburne), for a job delivering equipment to rescue Canadian miners trapped in a shaft. With them is Tantoo (Amber Midthunder), whose brother is in the mine and company insurance adjuster Tom Varnay (Benjamin Walker). As they go through the deadly ice road, mine foreman Rene Lampard (Holt McCallany) tries to keep the desperate miners from panicking.
There were pretty obvious CGI sequences during some of the natural disaster sequences. I do not know why they did not just use archival footage for some of the scenes, but it really took you out of those moments when you would see a blatantly fake snowdrift coming your way. There was also a few yawn-inducing comments that the director no doubt threw in for the sake of being woke. It is a shame that an action film has to be subjected to that nonsense.
As for the movie overall, I actually thought it was not bad. It was an enjoyably simple film that brought a ton of action and tense moments as the characters race across dangerous ice roads to deliver their precious cargo.
The cast is not bad. Neeson and Thomas do good in their characters. They have good chemistry as siblings and make the movie worth watching because honestly, it would be stale without the two of them.
Liam Neeson is rapidly becoming an action hero where no situation is untested by him. This one was just as interesting as some of the others and less so than others. No doubt his hardcore fans will love it and get plenty of fun out of it.
Bottom line, The Ice Road is a good movie to enjoy for a day in the rain. While not the best action flick, it definitely has that Liam Neeson intensity that makes it enjoyable.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Violence, Strong foul language
FAVORITE QUOTE: Mount up. Use the head now if you have to. We’re on a Bull Run!
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