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Disaster Porn Saturday Night: Cold Zone

Poor Brad (Christian Sloan) drew the short stick and had to check the transmitters

Poor Brad (Christian Sloan) drew the short stick and had to check the transmitters

For people living in the northern parts of the northern hemisphere, the dreaded four letter word besides snow is cold and at times, it can feel like a new Ice Age is ready to start at any given time.

But in Pemberton, Alaska its already started.

At the isolated weather station, Victor (Darcy Laurie) is counting down the hours on his last day of work when the transmitters start showing drops in temperature. Since Alex (Daniel Boileau) doesn't want to check them, Brad (Christian Sloan) heads on out and while he's outside, the transmitters show the temperature falling even further.

He radios back to Alex and Victor, but the transmission doesn't go through and when he notices ominous growling clouds building, he hightails it back to the office. Unfortunately, the subzero temperatures kill him and the others.

As the credits begin to roll, there are news reports of a freak freeze throughout the northern hemisphere just as the Summers family pulls up to their B&B.

Roger and Candace (Martin Cummins and Lauren K. Robek) are again scolding an agitated Jordan (Nick Purcha) who would rather be in Cabo San Lucas with his friends over the Christmas holiday. They remind him of the prank that he pulled along with his friend and his punishment was to come with the parents to Alaska.

Having left the warmth of Florida, this is the first time that the parents have been to Alaska in the winter. Each year they travel up north to Pemberton (minus Jordan) and the only reason they're here now is this has turned into an emergency trip for Roger.

When they check into the B&B, Jordan is smitten with Claire (Sarah Desjardins) the daughter of the owners. She tells Roger and Candace that her parents are in New Mexico for a B&B convention and Jordan is surprised that his parents know the girl.

Roger sets to work the next day hiking in the woods looking for signs of migratory birds and why they disappeared and comes across Dr. Tim Hughes' (Steve Bacic) cabin. He asks if he can use his phone and lets Candace know that he won't be able to make it for dinner and eventually, Dr. Hughes invites him to stay the night so that they can go up to the weather station.

Jordan, who has parental issues, again puts his father down as useless since he's canceling again but the next day Claire continues to show him around the area, while Candace volunteers at the local clinic. It's something that she's been doing for the last twenty years while Roger works.

Dr. Hughes tells Roger what's about to happen and says that he quit because of the threats, ridicule and ignorance that he was shown whenever he talked about a new Ice Age. This time he has proof, but due to the blasts of cold weather, the computer isn't working, and he tells Roger to go to his family and get them out before the worst happens.

Roger doesn't want to leave him behind, but he tells him that he "came up north to die." Which is what happens.

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Now that Roger knows what's about to happen, he heads south to gather his family but along the way there are other blasts of cold air, and he fears that he won't make it in time.

Fortunately, he was able to get in touch with Candace and warn her as to what's about to happen and she scolds Jordan for even thinking of going to get Claire.

Since the residents of Pemberton are hardheaded, a few of them leave the confines of the clinic only to meet their fate on the highway, which blocks the survival of Roger and his band of survivors.

After another blast, they manage to make it to the airport where Roger knows how to fly a helicopter, which Jordan didn't know about and thinks it's really cool to know this about his dad.

For the most part, this isn't that bad of a movie, but in the middle the voices don't sync up and this lasts for about twenty minutes.

Near the end of the movie, Roger figures out that one way of survival is to use a refrigerated truck to get to the airport and local grocer Fiona (Melanie McLaren) tells him that they use one so off the two go to get it. Before leaving though, he tells everyone to meet back at the clinic in an hour and a half. The town is kind of small so it really shouldn't have taken that long.

With minutes to spare, the news anchor (Dawn Chubai) is able to get back on television with an update on how to survive since major cities are in the process of evacuating. It's impossible since the information was just released within the last seven minutes before the next blast. I shook my head.

My last complaint is they should not have cast Robek as Candace.

In almost every scene, she has this smirk that I wished one of the characters would have smacked off her smug face. A new Ice Age is at your backdoor and you have time to smirk about it? I shook my head again at not only that, but of her overacting in certain parts. McLaren would have made the perfect Candace since she was able to convey some feelings and her chemistry with Cummins was a lot better.

The special effects were pretty good, but there's not a whole lot of destruction when different cities are shown freezing over and the makeup was also good in the freezing scenes along with the lighting.

If there's one thing that I did learn from the movie, it's always carry a shovel and candle with you if you're hiking in the woods just in case you need to make shelter for yourself. It's an instant igloo.

You'll probably find the first half of the movie good and then it gets a little cheesy with the typical disaster dialogue, but overall, it's good and you do root for some of the characters.


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