‘Ice Road Terror’ on the Syfy Channel, A TV Movie Review by Cinema Static

by on June 11, 2011

in Entertainment, tv reviews

'Ice Road Terror' Syfy channel Saturday Night MovieIce Road Terror on the Syfy channel‘s Saturday night movie, in what looks like a spin-off of Ice Road Truckers, takes it a step further and really explores what could happen if reality took just a tiny bit of a twist towards the gruesome & prehistoric.

Ice Road Terror is produced by ARO Entertainment and distributed by Syfy.  It stars Brea Grant (Halloween II, Heroes) as Rachel, a “perky” research analyst;  Dylan Neal (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Blood Ties) as the annoying and mouthy trucker Neil; Ty Olsson (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 & 2, Lake Placid, Eureka) as the stoically quiet but action-man trucker Jack.

Oh, it also stars a seeing-red giant digital gecko lizard thingy and about two-thirds into the movie we get to see Col. Tigh, I mean Michael Hogan, of Battlestar Galactica fame.

It’s directed by Terry Ingram whose substantial resume includes the instant classics like Christmas Crash, Odysseus: Voyage to the Underworld & Max Havoc: Ring of Fire.

The movie is written by Keith Shaw… that’s where my hopes lay.  He’s the scribe behind Phantom Racer, Malibu Shark Attack and actually one of my faves, Wyvern.  I also have faith in him because he was once the story editor for a documentary titled Bloodsucking Cinema.  Hmm, I’m going to leave that obvious one alone!

With that said,

The movie opens with a work crew blowing something up and it looks like they have either awakened or ticking off a prehistoric creature that looks like a giant, long gecko-looking digitized thing.  It lashes out with cinematic-implied violent acts of tail-lashing and body batting.  We don’t see much direct contact up front, but bodies and hamburger chunks (literally!) fly in from off-camera, slamming into things left and right.

The monster is unleashed.

On the other side of the story are two truckers who are convinced to make one last delivery of the season, of high explosives, to the very mine we saw that became a lizard feeding frenzy.  The two trucks take in an extra passenger in the form of a perky little EPA research analyst who also needs to head up to this ill-fated gecko feeding trough, I mean mine.

The trip kicks in and it doesn’t take long at all for them to encounter melting ice, cracking roads and highly volatile cargo sliding around as if it was never strapped in with 20 straps.  The adventure called Ice Road Terror is fully under way.

It continues on from there, with fair Syfy channel TV movie acting and some rather intereseting mood music in the background… almost distracting music.

2 Beers Score, photo via Clker.comThe cast has some veteran talent of B TV & movie and make this a fun bit of entertainment for a Saturday night.  It’s not a bucket of phenom fun, but I’d say 2 or 3 beers would make it fun.

Syfy TV Movie Review Score 06It’s a good bit for Syfy and I’d say on my review scale, I’d give Ice Road Terror a Syfy 6!

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