A Blast Down Under

Michael Shanks in Arctic Blast (2010)

Having left work to visit the divorce lawyer Jack Tate (Michael Shanks) is busy arguing with his wife when an unprecedented flash freeze kills one of his colleagues stationed on a boat out in the ocean. It turns out a solar eclipse has caused a blast of hyper chilled air to come crashing down to earth out of its usual orbit and now threatens to bring a new ice age to the entire planet, starting in Australia.

Yes "Arctic Blast" is another of those "The Day After Tomorrow" inspired disaster movie where an unprecedented natural event threatens to plunge the planet into a 21st century ice age. But we are not talking big budget disaster on a Roland Emmerich scale of mass destruction but more something made for late night made for TV movie fans who shall we say have a fondness for that combination of daft and lack of realism which might leave some watchers furious for being factually incorrect.

To be honest there isn't a great deal to be said about "Arctic Blast", unless I was going to point out its numerous flaws, as this runs to the usual ice age disaster movie formula. As such we have are hero in Jack whose dedication to work has caused family disharmony but who he risks his life for to try and save them when hell breaks out and things start to freeze over. About the only thing which separates "Arctic Blast" from other new ice age disaster movies is that this is set in Australia, although I do wonder if this is more a case of some location setting scenes being filmed in Australia whilst many a scene was actually filmed in Canada, like so many of these movies are.

The thing is that whilst I can understand why some might find "Arctic Blast" a bit of a bad joke I enjoy this sort of disaster movie nonsense. Maybe it is because it is amusing, bordering on the bad that I find it light entertainment but I am sure it works the same way for others. Part of that comes down to the acting which whilst not poor is of a slightly tongue in cheek level where you know the actors give a professional performance but know exactly what sort of movie they are in and what they are being paid to do.

What this all boils down to is that "Arctic Blast" is not going to be for everyone and will likely disappoint those who expect factual accuracy and realism. But for those who enjoy some late night disaster movie nonsense this should keep them amused.

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