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The Thaw review
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nice and of course a bit grotesque.

a team of 'scientists' ecologist whatever studying polar bears and their declining habitat discover a woolly mammoth in a melting glacier. a polar bear that was eating on it is tranquilized but then dies. then members of the team start to get sick. and it starts to get ugly. by the time a group of students and the lead team members daughter make it to the lab things have gone horribly wrong. almost everyone is dead and worse...now they are getting infected.

you can imagine most of what is going to happen, however the film continues to hold your attention. its nothing grand and nothing over the top in its attempt to gross out nor shock. it has it moments but its not a gorefest. its actually kind've understated. the film focuses on the struggle of these people to get ahead of the problems and where they fail to do so. it spends most of its time developing the characters. and along the way we get some mentions of politics and problems with ecology. the big question all along is 'how do we convince people that humans are a problems; how do we stop their capacity to destroy the earth'. nothing that really beats you over the head, but raises the questions and questions the rationality of eco-terrorism.

in the end its not an amazing movie, but it is good and i appreciate that it didn't overdo anything. in this day and age its no surprise that without a bludgeoning message this movie has been sort've ill received. i, on the other hand, found it interesting and just the right amount at every step.

good film.

(7/10)

7/10
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Added by shawn tomorrow
8 years ago on 30 July 2011 08:02