The Thaw 2009
Cast And Crew
Genres: Horror: Thriller
Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Release Date: October 6th, 2009
MPAA Rating: R for some violence,
bloody images, language and sexuality..
Distributors: Lionsgate, Sony Pictures Releasing
Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution
Starring: : Val Kilmer, Martha MacIsaac, Aaron Ashmore, Steph Song,
Anne Marie DeLuise, Sebastian Gacki, Kyle Schmidt
Directed by: : Mark A. Lewis
Produced by: Mark a Lewis
Writer : Mark A. Lewis, Michael W. Lewis
Studio : Lionsgate Home Entertainment (Ghost House Underground)
Languages: English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
A deadly prehistoric parasite is released when a Woolly Mammoth is discovered in a melting ice cap. Faced with a potentially global epidemic, four ecology students must destroy the parasite before it reaches the rest of civilization. One-by-one they are infected and one-by-one they turn on each other. Soon the survivors are left with only one choice – to make the ultimate sacrifice and burn everything to the ground… including themselves.
At a remote Arctic research station, four ecology students discover the real horror of global warming is not the melting ice, but what’s frozen within it. A prehistoric parasite is released from the carcass of a Woolly Mammoth upon the unsuspecting students who are forced to quarantine and make necessary sacrifices, or risk infecting the rest of the world.
The Thaw (aka Frozen – Etwas hat überlebt – German DVD title) is an upcoming sci-fi horror/thriller film directed by Mark A. Lewis starring Val Kilmer and Martha MacIsaac.
Credibility in a horror film isn’t something that I usually pay any attention to unless it has to do with the acting, actions or dialogue. I usually leave premise out of it because I know Jason Voorhees, the Candyman or Freddie Kreuger don’t really exist. However, when a film harps on about a very real topic like Global Warming throughout the entire film, it subconsciously takes on a realism that is quickly derailed by the incredible beast that it unleashes. A beast that could easily be seen as the dominant species at the time yet shares almost nothing in common with the dominate species of today.
The relatively unknown cast played their parts competently enough but no one shines due to mediocre writing and dialogue but there were numerous times when either the writing or directing was just completely off and full conversations were taking place in areas no sane/intelligent person, let alone a full cast, would stay in.Realism obviously wasn’t an issue for the filmmakers but by harping on about Global Warming and then introducing such a powerful parasite I really had to wonder if this was a true attempt at a Global Warming warning or an Anti-Global Warming film showing how ludicrous the concept is. In either case, I would have rather it was played down ten-fold so I could have at least enjoyed what I could from the film.