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  • Even though the movie as a whole isn't really awesomely smashing in any way, the first thing that really struck me is how well done and thought out it all is.

    It features realistic portrayals of human behavior all the way through. From phobias, realistic explanations of how they came to the conclusions they did, to a person using a multimeter and electrical tape to actually fix something. Like a real person might. And they all have their agendas. Also gunshots don't sound like tanks, and they don't make 10" holes in people. There are no huge aliens, there's no gratuitous nudity and it doesn't take one chop with a cleaver to cut someones arm off. Another thing that surprised me is that bodies don't vanish, the same with tracks and bruises etc.

    In most movies (*ahem* multi-million dollar productions) stuff like this, commonly called realism, is just glazed over. Your focus is shifted to the CGI and the huge explosions the MTV generation seems to love, like some magician distracting your attention so he can get away with tricking you (out of a good plot).

    Anyone who likes realism and thrillers/horror will probably have a jolly fine time watching this one. There's a bit of bad acting on the part of a few characters (though all the main ones are excellent), and as I stated the movie isn't miraculously good in any way. It's still better than most, and it has some really redeeming qualities to it.
  • After reading some of the comments on this movie, I was more than pleasantly surprised at how good this smart little bug feature was A definite step up from the usual B movie sci-fi horror crap that's been out in the cinemas this year. There were decent squirm effects and gore and a nice touch of tongue in cheek humour too. The cinematography was cool and eerie and the brooding atmosphere had echoes of The Thing and Near Dark (although it's nothing like The Thing) I thought the acting and direction were assured. I Liked the twist at the end too. Don't listen to some of the other reviewers on this forum as I doubt that they have actually seen the film.
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    Wow. The feedback on this film reminds me of just how much horror fans really do love to bitch. If you liked the The Thing, Slither or ecological horror films in general, you're going to like this one. It really is as simple as that.

    I really don't get all the hate on Kilmer for taking this particular role. Yeah, it's not Tombstone, but did it ever occur to anyone that perhaps he liked the script or the subject matter. He did an excellent job here as per usual and his name no doubt help to elevate the film.

    Really cool script. Solid casting and good performances all around. Standout CGI and cinematography with a really cool twist at the end. What's not to like here? I really enjoyed this film.
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    Many people have commented on the political commentary and the awful acting by some of the characters, but if you can ignore all of that (which I am fairly good at doing) this movie still doesn't hold up.

    First, most characters in the movie exhibit wildly varying symptoms after being infected. One guy you can't even tell is infected, another has one sore he keeps covered, one girl looks ready to keel over any minute before she does, and another girl is covered in sores. No wonder none of them were smart enough to figure any of it out.

    The rest of the movie is just full of dumb moments.

    Val Kilmer's character is shot in the chest at point blank range with a rifle, survives in the tundra for 24 hours and crawls a long distance back to the main facility. Meanwhile his daughter drives an ATV out to where he was shot and back between when he was shot and when he shows up later without even seeing him!

    Speaking of that, she sees a dead body buried out by where he was shot, half un-buries it and then just assumes its her dad. So she turns around and goes back to the main facility.

    The graves they dug for the victims at the beginning of the movie are about 8 inches deep.

    A girl clearly deathly ill and about to die is spitting up dark green/black muck and another girl bends down to give her mouth to mouth.

    The get ready and set everything up to amputate a guy's arm, but when it won't stop bleeding after they cut it off they run outside to get a first aid kit. Why wouldn't they have it already?

    They finally figure out the muck filled woman was infected with a parasite and instead of sealing off that room, decide to wrap her up and drag her across the facility to a lab and seal her off there.

    A video camera that has no tape upon first inspection later has a plot- crucial video that the main characters have to retrieve from the quarantine room.

    And there are probably more I am forgetting.

    The movie had some potential. The acting was bearable for the most part and the political commentary is easy to ignore. However, when a movie is full of dumb moments like these it turns into something you laugh at with friends rather than think about or event enjoy for the reasons the filmmaker intended.
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    Val Kilmer again plays an environmental scientist (as he did in The Chaos Experiment) this time doing research in Canada. Apparently the glaciers are melting quickly. A polar bear he and his crew are tracking is found lunching on the brains of the corpse of a mammoth no less, that is surfacing thanks to the thawing.

    Later his crew is getting sick and crazy. He is filming some type of a confessional.

    Meanwhile some students are sent to study with him and his daughter goes along for the ride- even though he begs her not to go. When the kids arrive, no one is at the base camp except for the body of the bear. The kids spend the night but problems surface. The helicopter pilot is bitten by something, and so is one of the students- all over her body. Suddenly one of Kilmer's colleagues appears but she is ends up dying in a few minutes.

    The kids realize that there is some prehistoric bug that is infecting everyone. It went from the mammoth's brain to the bear to the crew and now to some of them. And from here things get annoying as the daughter takes charge of sorts since the males are as usual completely useless romantics. All sorts of fights ensue. The kids find Kilmer's research and tapes and discover that the helicopter has been disabled by someone and have to call for help. But they have to survive until help arrives.

    Suddenly Kilmer shows up...but he has different plans than the kids. The ending is neat. And actually the ideas behind it of radical ecologists perpetuating eco-bio-terror is very interesting. The problem is the annoying teenies. Had this movie been cast with adults, it could have been a striking movie. Instead we get the usual teen team led by some girlie who's of course much tougher than the guys- so much so that when a guy can't hack someone's arm off she rushes to grab the meat cleaver. Hollywood's warped political/social agenda is undermining their own artistic work. When will this annoying fad be over? Overall, the movie is well done, has good special effects, somewhat of an original story that is pretty interesting, but is more interested in furthering grlpower than its own aims.
  • Scarecrow-8817 March 2010
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    Infestation horror, with a global warming message, regarding prehistoric parasites which are unleashed after a woolly mammoth is unearthed by melted ice on a Canadian Arctic island infecting a research team(..led by Val Kilmer as a famous ecologist known for his vocal outcry towards mankind's awareness and acknowledgment of our treatment of Mother Earth). The lives of students who accept an invitation from Dr. David Kruipen(Kilmer)and their helicopter pilot will become endangered once they land at the research center. Also, along for the trip is Kruipen's estranged daughter Evelyn(Martha MacIsaac). The students include Atom Galen(Aaron Ashmore), whose father is an oil man as ironic as it may seem, Federico(Kyle Schmid), with a phobia towards bugs of any kind, and Ling Chen(Steph Song). When the kids find a dead polar bear and the research cabin empty, they will soon discover to their horror parasitical "vertebrae" which enter the skin and lay eggs, multiplying at an alarming rate. Pilot Bart(Viv Leacock)is bit while posing over the dead polar bear for a picture and Ling is infected while having sex with Feddy(Federico's pet name)on the floor. When Kruipen's assistant Dr. Jane Sanders(Anne Marie DeLuise)returns from their camp worse for wear, the group will see firsthand what the parasites do to human hosts, as victims vomit as their insides become overrun by hatching eggs, with skin irritations soon evolving into open sores..it isn't too long before those infected are devoured carcasses spilling forth hundreds upon hundreds of parasites. Can those uninfected escape before the parasites get to them and was there an ulterior motive by Kruipen, frustrated by the unwillingness of an uncaring world towards helping their environment better itself after mankind's treatment over many years of pollution and other factors?

    Not bad for it's type, "The Thaw" is pretty much still a terror tale whose threat are hatched bugs which could become a global nightmare if released from their isolated quarantine.

    The cast is actually pretty solid, although Val Kilmer's part is relatively small. Instead Ashmore(Smallville)and MacIsaac's young characters are the center voices of reason/calm as Schmid's Federico loses control when it's confirmed that he is infected in his penis, and Song's Ling is steadily becoming more diseased..interesting choice, deciding instead to focus the developing story around young people, witnessing how they respond to a crisis of such magnitude. I will just say this, if you are terrified of the mere sight of creepy crawlies scurrying about, and into open wounds on the skin, make sure not to pop this bad boy in the DVD player.

    "The Thaw" also features the unpleasant sight of how the flesh responds negatively to infection, including a decision to chop off an arm that doesn't end well for the recipient(..we see that it isn't so easy to lop off an arm with one swipe of a cleaver). "The Thaw", I believe, will accomplish it's goal to make your skin crawl..if that is what you so desire, check this flick out. Released by GhostHouse Underground.
  • This is an enjoyable little horror movie and more a kin to the movies I watched growing up (horror with a lowercase h by todays standards) The film has a nice long run up to the action which gives you a chance to get to know the characters (which are fairly bland but that doesn't matter) A lot of the horror is creepy crawly based which is more disturbing that scary.

    The characters act out in fairly realistic ways (no one pops up to the attic on their own to investigate that damn scratching noise) and there is a real sense of peril.

    Don't expect big affects, gore, nudity, over the top action or paralysing fear. Do expect to see an intelligent movie based on a not so intelligent premises, well executed in good time.
  • Somewhere near the arctic circle scientists happen upon a mammoth, frozen in the ice. As it turns out the age-old creature itself maybe dead, but inside the mammoth there's something very alive...

    "The Thaw" is following in the footsteps of "The Thing" (isolation scenario) and "Slither" (disgusting bugs). Clearly showing its low budget the movie still manages to get all its effects good enough to be convincing and its mostly unknown acting-ensemble pulls off their respective characters nicely. Val Kilmer does an OK job - something to be considered a pleasant surprise these days. If you are a fan of his, know that Kilmer gets only little screen time.

    To me "The Thaw" really delivered. Just like "Splinter" it's one of those small productions that make you shiver and cringe by what you see on screen as much as by making you imagine how it would be to be confronted with the horrors they show you. Instead of "Highlight-Reel-Slashing" and a scare now and then you get constant terror till the end and a depressingly desperate and hopeless scenario.

    Was everything great about "The Thaw"? No. But all it's shortcomings never hinder the emotional impact of the movie which is what I think movies are all about. I think the prominent (pushy) Global Warming theme of the movie has put some viewers off so much that they don't give this little gem enough credit.
  • A Ghosthouse Underground film with Aaron Ashmore from Smallville and Val Kilmer from Batman Forever. Batman, Jimmy Olsen and friends take on a prehistoric parasite that distroys every living thing in its path. A parasite that bites people and lays eggs under their skin. The parasite was frozen underground until now. N...ow it is unleashed and it will devour anything in its path including a pollar bear. With the threat of global warming is it possible for something like that to be unleashed. This film is a great companion peace to Cabin Fever with all of the infections, the big differerce is that people are infected by reanimated bugs not tainted toxic water. Both films are made to make statements about the polluted world around us. This film was amazing with all of the visual effects and make up. People cutting off limbs and getting strange infections after bugs have planted their eggs under their skin. A film full of scum bags and backstabbers fighting for their lives. A absolute guilty pleasure
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    The famous and infamous ecologist Dr. David Krupien (Val Kilmer) is leading a research in the Arctic with his assistants Jane (Anne Marie Deluise) and Edward (John Callander) about the impact of the global warming in polar bears. Dr. Krupien's daughter Evelyn (Martha Macisaac) and the students Federico Fulce (Kyle Schmid), Ling Chen (Steph Song) and Atom Galen (Aaron Ashmore) are invited to join the expedition. However, Dr. Krupien and his team discover a deadly prehistoric parasite in a mammoth and Dr. Krupien asks the helicopter pilot Bart (Viv Leacock) to call off the travel of Evelyn and leave her in Dawson City, Yukon. However, the rebel Evelyn forces Bart to take her to the base station. Sooner the group finds Jane that is terminal and contaminated by the parasite, and they also discover that she had sabotaged the helicopter and shot Dr. Krupien and Edward. When they find that the bugs in the base are lethal, Evelyn and Atom decides to stay in quarantine to contain the contamination and call the CDC. However, Fed releases a distress signal, calls a helicopter and destroys the radio.

    "The Thaw" is a film with elements of "The Thing" and "Whiteout" combined with ecological terrorism about the effects of the global warming. The problem is that the characters are unpleasant and do not create empathy with the viewer. The ultimate decision of the fanatic Dr. David Krupien is stupid; Federico is selfish; Evelyn is a rebel without a cause or leadership; Ling is not well developed; therefore, only Bart and Atom are nice. The conclusion is silly. My vote is four.

    Title (Brazil): "Contaminação" ("Contamination")
  • It had some brief moments of entertainment, but overall it was Luke warm at best. The producers must've blown their budget on hiring Val Kilmer to fill some dead spots in the movie. Kilmer kind of walks through this movie and plays a dopey doc that wants these parasites to infest mankind just to make a point about global warming. Supposedly this movie takes place very cold (or somewhere in Canada.) Unfortunately, there isn't a lick of smoke we can see exiting their mouths in a supposed subzero climate. As a matter of fact, there was barely a drop of snow to be seen anywhere. Oh yeah, global warming. Throw in a bunch of 30 something year old grad students that are supposedly the most brilliant of their class and viola! LOL! Whoever the actress was that played Kilmer's daughter, should be given a Golden Turkey award for most pathetic portrayal of a confused daughter to a wacky mad scientist. I mean bad!! This movie delivers thrills for a buck at Red Box, but it's not worth a penny more.

    The End.
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    I was rooting for the bugs. And they didn't disappoint.

    It might seem a little harsh, but after all the characters had been established - as smug, clueless tree-hugging idiots - I felt an anticipation bordering on manic impatience for all of them to be put out, as soon as possible and with as much hoopla as possible. The bugs are my heroes.

    The movie starts off with Val sleepily talking into his camera (he never tries very hard in any of his movies, does he? he is the anti-Travolta, i.e. he's the King of all Underactors). Then there's a brief - slightly comical - scene in which a tiny, elongated insect comes out of a woman's forehead then scurries back inside once the evil environmentalists try to catch it. (Poor thing... it's been dormant inside the mammoth's carcass for thousands of years, bored to tears I imagine with nothing to do than speculate on how much the taste of human blood had altered in the meantime, only to have woken to face inferior humans such as liberal save-the-planet knuckleheads. Is that fair? Life's not fair: not even for bugs. No wonder they immediately opted for attack; who can blame them?)

    After the bug finishes playing on the blond's head, we have the usual cliché world-in-turmoil news collage sewn into the movie's beginning credits, which is somehow meant to convince us that this dumb parasite-invasion flick has something serious to convey.

    Evelyn rushes to give (gasp!) a mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a very obviously infected, ill, dying woman. The fact that disgusting mud-like goo is exiting her mouth does not seem to set off any alarms in Evelyn's tiny head, does not deter her at all. But of course, she's Val's petulant but brilliant daughter (another cliché), perhaps mankind's only hope for the future... This scene is the funniest (also dumbest) thing I've seen in a horror film in a very long time. They couldn't have made it any funnier had they actually intended it to elicit laughs. The way she bends over toward the woman's mouth... priceless. Comedy always works best when you never see it coming.

    The teenage clowns seal off the room with the bear's carcass in spite off the very obvious fact that both the black guy and the Oriental girl had also been infected. Do they even understand the concept of "quarantine"? Or are the words "dude" and "rad" the longest words in the vocabulary of the modern American student... They seem to have thought that quarantining half of all the infected was somehow a sufficient measure to stop the spread...

    Evelyn was so close to the dying woman, she couldn't have been physically any closer than that if she'd been having sex with her, yet Evelyn never gets infected, in spite of taking the most risks. This strange, unexplained, convenient-for-the-plot, apparent immunity seems to run in her family: Val, too, inexplicably never gets bitten - until he generously offers his arm to one of my little friends (the movie's true heroes), the bugs. This has to be one of the silliest plot-twists in Kilmer's rich-in-crap movie career. It's so stupid, I almost suspect that it was Val's own idea. "Mr.Director, I'm sure you won't mind if I offer a few suggestions concerning the script. You may of course reject them, but then you might be faced with one of my legendary diva-like on-set temper tantrums. I make Christian Bale look like a Japanese schoolgirl. Your call..."

    "It's not fair, he's dead and I still hate him!" - Evelyn, upon having found out her father Val is dead (which very predictably turns out not to be the case). Just one example of the asinine dialog that permeates this cinematic turkey from start to finish.

    Federico urinates a black substance - i.e. he's obviously infected - and yet just moments later he accuses his girlfriend of giving him a sexually transmitted disease. Never mind the fact that there are corpses left and right, that there is a huge dead bear lying in the lab, and everyone's face changes colour by the minute. So just how dumb ARE these kids? They are supposed to be creme-de-la-creme students from some prestigious college, sent to an expedition where a supposedly brilliant scientist works, and yet everyone in TT behaves like utter idiots, make bad decisions, and talk like 3 year-olds. The bugs, who have an IQ no bigger than Sean Penn's, still manage to win almost every step of the way through the course of TT simply because the not-much-brighter humans let them. Evil invaders have rarely had such a pushover human opposition.

    Federico gets punched out by the black guy, but the others fail to seize the opportunity to take the rifle away from him. Duh...

    TT never intended to portray young, idealistic environmentalist extremists as imbeciles, but I guess that's a kind of poetic justice for injecting run-of-the-mill left-wing propaganda into a damn insignificant B-grade horror flick.

    The message of the movie, in a nutshell: "Start making sacrifices, people, because like honestly, the Earth is melting and stuff, and all sorts of like icky bugs are just lying in wait in various extinct animals' carcasses to like start biting and then like doing uncool things which will like kill us all and then we won't like have the time to play Nintendo, get drunk, or watch those rad Michael Moore domucentaries..." Did MTV produce this crap?
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    As a matter of personal belief, I must state right from the beginning that I am convinced that man-made climate change is a threat to our civilisation. Unless we will be able to control our consumption of natural resources and pollution output, we will be seeing very bad things happening in a near future. Climate shift is real, and the geo-political changes it could bring about will be much worse than the economic hardships necessary to curb the current trend.

    These being said, my opinion is that this movie - and any cinematic efforts in a similar vein - are not only flawed, but actually dangerous. They trivialize a serious issue, and exploit it for cheap thrills.

    The science in this film is so bad, it's almost laughable... What bugs me most (sic!) is the fact that the people who made the film were incapable of keeping in line with the most elementary notions of biology (meteorology and climate change do not even come into the picture, except to provide an excuse for another teen slasher movie)...

    The smoking gun? Look no further than the fact that the people who made this film - a film about scientists, no less - were incapable to spell the word "vertebrate" in the description of the parasites.

    If you get this film in electronic format, look around the 1-hour mark. You will see, written large across the page, the word "VERTIBRATE"... That's right, they weren't even able to get some scientific advisors capable to spell the name of the movie's egg-hatching villains!

    As for the rest, the film is just a travesty... Just like another flick that came out this year, it seems that Hollywood (or, more precisely, the film industry, seeing that this piece of trash was made by an independent company) is incapable of portraying scientists as they are - and as they should be: able to think rationally about their actions. All we have in this film is a bunch of morons running around and making the most unbelievable decisions. Scientists making idiotic choices, horny students who are supposed to be brilliant but come apart at the first sign of strain, and so on.

    The film's writing is lazy - even including the predictable "it's not over" twist at the end -, the acting is hammy and there are no truly chilling moments.

    This movie does not deserve to be compared to John Carpenter's "The Thing", any more than "Forbidden World" deserves to be compared with "Alien". And poor Val Kilmer... why was he in this, is he that strapped for cash? I think a public fundraiser would be a better solution to help this guy... I thought he'd make a comeback in "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" and "Alexander", but, sadly, that doesn't seem to be the case.

    You can only like this movie if any or all of the following conditions are met:

    1) you are under 15, and/or you think "Transformers" was the best movie ever made. 2) you are a relative of one of the filmmakers, or someone else involved with this celluloid catastrophe. 3) you are a "torture porn" freak (and not in a good sense).

    If I were a religious man, all I could say after having to watch this would be "God help us all, and deliver us from bad movies and pretentious idiots who trivialize serious matters!"
  • BakuryuuTyranno9 November 2011
    Although it may resemble "The Thing" and "The Last Winter" the resemblance is superficial; those both relied on the audience feeling things (paranoia and dread, respectively)

    Actually its closer to "Ghost Rig" and "Deep Freeze" and surpasses both easily. Gorehounds will probably be satisfied with many cringe-inducing scenes of which some almost enter gross-out territory. With critters burrowing into people that should be expected.

    The characters however are almost caricatures and it quickly becomes apparent, with one exception I'm not spoiling, who will survive or die. That made the story kinda predictable but if you're into splatter flicks it might be worth renting.
  • 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.
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    Global warming and climate change are the big issues now, and the movie making industry is beginning to catch on and cash in. I thought The Thaw was a decent enough addition to the growing collection of climate change movies, in this case making climate change the protagonist for a horror movie. Aside from the problem being attributed to global warming, mind you, the premise here is not unique. In the Canadian Arctic, a well preserved carcass of a woolly mammoth is found in the melting ice. Unfortunately, as the carcass thaws, so do parasite eggs that were laid in the body thousands of years ago, and they begin to hatch, unleashing a sort of plague that, if allowed to spread, could devastate or even destroy humanity. Lots of movies have featured frightening things happening when dead bodies are thawed out. Still, this uses that familiar premise to make an environmental point, which was not a bad idea. It takes a while for the viewer to discover what's really happening, and the mystery until that happens is developed pretty well. The isolated environment is used to good effect, and periodic cuts (mostly as the movie opens and closes) to radio talk shows discussing global warming point out the extreme views of the issue - from "it's all just propaganda" to "it's the end of the world!"

    The characters in this weren't especially well developed, although for the most part the performances were good. Prof. Kruipen's idea of letting the parasites loose on the world to point out the threat of global warming seems a bit extreme, even for an environmental extremist, although in context it should be remembered that Kruipen was supposedly once an "eco-terrorist" - so not averse to using extreme methods to make his point. Basically, I found this an enjoyable movie - not overly long and not especially original, but with enough to hold your interest. 8/10
  • Everything wasted. This is the shortest depiction of this movie. I had not had a nice opinion on Val Kilmer as an actor before I saw this movie, but this is by far his most stupid film. I am a great horror buff but there is nothing of a horror in this film. Find a cockroach in your closet and you will be scared much more. As for the logic of the film, it is extremely insulting for everyone who has over 20 IQ. For an equally stupid example, the main teenage star of the movie is crying over possibility that maybe thousands are going to die, never spelling a tear about her father dying in front of her. This is just an example of insane details of the film. Main idea had been exploited many times before but this is the most stupid by far I have ever seen.
  • flipstzr9 April 2020
    How these genius college kids can not figure out that this is a virus is absolutely unbelievable. Whoever wrote is horrible at story telling.
  • Why was Val Kilmer in this one? It makes no sense to me. I know he's growing old and his last castings were not the best, but still.

    The film is a classic isolated monster/contagion movie, featuring most clichés you would expect. Brave and good looking chick, check; black and Asian representation, check; cowardly hysterical jerk, check; scary but completely implausible premise, check; mad scientist, check; brave guy that saves the girl, check. Actually, the formulaic concepts were so absurdly respected that when there was a scene where they would cut some guy's arm off to stop the contagion, they didn't actually show the cut. Same goes for when the girl had to strip to check for contagion. No problem showing flesh crawling bugs, though.

    I could debate the reasons why the film made no sense to no end, but I will tell you just this: prehistoric bugs that come out of the thawing ice will NOT make me think harder about global warming. This theme is largely responsible for why the movie sucked so much.

    Bottom line: couldn't even give it an average 7. The effects and the atmosphere (if you ignore the actors completely) are the only two good things happening here.
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    I did persevere for 20 minutes, then just could not stand any more.....

    1. Shockingly bad dialogue

    2. Cliché upon cliché upon - yep - more cliché. Stroppy teenage daughter, Val Kilmer doing a 'Val Kilmer' ie. Sleepwalking through this role - not that you can blame him. I would need strong sedatives indeed to get through this.

    3. I disagree with the reviewer here who thought this was 'left wing' - oh contrare! This is a right wing depiction of the Environmental movement, why else would these people be depicted as such complete eejits? The ideology is in the representation.

    Mysteries of film fame Number 1: What precisely happens to some actors? Yes, I know Val Kilmer was never a Robert De Niro, but he was okay wasn't he? Suddenly, his name on the Cast list connotes an instant warning in my brain: 'Ooer - this might be very bad indeed....' and he never disappoints. His ex - wife Joanna Walley is the same. See her name on the Cast list? Probably it is not too good.

    Did they have some hard partying years in the later 80s / 90s when their decision making skills went amiss? Did they share a Manager who couldn't read a script? Did they stop caring?

    Whatever the answers to this pressing question, I can assure you that any time wasted watching this rubbish you will not get back.

    That bad? Sadly yes.
  • 'Thaw' is basically a warning against global warming where, because if the polar ice caps melting, a woolly mammoth's body is discovered an unfrozen. Bugs are unleashed from its corpse which then set about infecting and killing your average bunch of American teenagers who always seem to end up in these sorts of situations.

    Thaw seemed like a bit of a remake of 'Cabin Fever' due to it having a group of dopey teens in a secluded setting, turning on each other as they don't know who's definitely infected and who's not. However, where as Cabin Fever had a fair share of humour to its gore, Thaw plays it straight.

    That's not to say that Thaw's a bad film. It has its plus points - the bugs are well animated (as far as inch-long beasties can be) and there are some nice moments of gore to keep those with a strong stomach happy. The film goes along as you'd expect. Sure, if this happened in real life, we'd probably do something different, but, luckily for the plot (and bugs in many ways) the group of teenagers contains a prize chump who seems to choose the wrong decision at every turn (which results in another death or amputation).

    Thaw is no classic (it has Val Kilmer in it after all), but there are worse horror films out there (like most of the studio 'After Dark's' output). Don't expect too much and you may enjoy it.
  • There are many films which warn of Global Warming, this is one. In this movie called " The Thaw ", a research scientist, Dr. David Kruipen (Val Kilmer) working in the Artic discovers a prehistoric Wooly Mammoth frozen in ice. The bad news, as it begins to thaw, he also releases a deadly contiguous parasite which devours any host within hours. Into this hostile environment, a group of research students have come to help him including his daughter. One by one the students become aware of the parasite's deadly effect as each is exposed. Soon the entire station is under attack from the deadly creature and it becomes alarming just to survive. There is a substantial list of criticism aimed at this film, beginning with it major star. Val Kilmer is perceived as a major attraction with some of the finest movie roles in his past achievements. Time has elapsed and we now see him in shallow low budget films such as this one and ask why? The story is grudgingly plausible, but there is much lacking. Was this suppose to be a ecological awakening or a standard horror movie? In either case, it fell short. It does have a few interesting points in its favor, but are tiny in comparison with its detriments. As a result, Mr. Kilmer has traded his star status for trinkets and simple Waupun and like the film, it's sad. **
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    Directed and co-written by Mark A. Lewis, the Thaw is an ecological horror movie set somewhere in the Arctic.

    Due to global warming, a parasite which threatens our very existence has emerged from the body of an extinct woolly mammoth.

    Val Kilmer is the scientist trying to warn the World of the danger. Complications ensue when his daughter, along with some students, arrives at the Arctic research station.

    The opening credits of this film were accompanied by what were supposedly various media clips concerning global warning. I found this so annoying that by the time the plot - what little there was - unfolded, I had already lost interest in both subject and characters. Suffice to say that I spent about an hour and a half (although it felt more like three hours) wondering why... Why were the students chosen so incredibly unintelligent? Why is Val Kilmer so famous? Why was the acting so abysmal? Why was the plot so awful? Other questions came to mind... One student went loopy, threatening to shoot the others, got knocked cold and woke up... with his gun still beside him - why didn't anybody pick up the gun? Talking of guns, how coincidental was it that when the girl wanted to shoot down the helicopter there was a gun handily placed on the ground beside her? I could go on but to be honest I'd just end up being as boring as the film. I will finish with three observations:-

    As is the case with too many of these films, there is a tagged on ending which hints at the possibility of a sequel. Please!

    Buried deep amongst the end credits is the entry naming one Paul Burke as Val Kilmer's Personal Trainer. I have no idea of what this could possibly refer to...

    I imagine the budget for this film ran into millions of dollars. Probably more than that cheap horror film with a similar scenario 'cabin Fever', which despite hardly hitting the cinematic heights of greatness, was still far superior to this drivel.
  • In the near future, climate change (aka "global warming") causes parts of the Arctic to melt. Investigating the effects, environmentally conscious Val Kilmer (as David Kruipen) is startled to discover an intact woolly mammoth is thawing. Other creatures feed on the ancient carcass. A polar bear dies from the experience, and appears to be infected with parasites. "The Thaw" unleashes these creepy crawlers to fester under the skin of other animals, and lay their eggs. The creatures feed on the host body and look around for more. Human flesh is especially tasty. The squeamish should be on high alert...

    Before the horrifying danger is clear, four graduate students are selected to observe Mr. Kilmer's expedition...

    When his estranged daughter Martha Macisaac (as Evelyn "Evy" Kruipen) decides to go, the count is lowered to three. Joining her are attractive Aaron Ashmore (as Atom Galen), Kyle Schmid (as Federico "Feddy" Fulce) and Steph Song (as Ling Chen). The script should be clearer about how the first student becomes infected. Kilmer isn't on screen much, but helicopter pilot Viv Leacock (as Bart) is part of the group; he should have been included in the opening credits. It all adds up to a surprisingly effective thriller, written and directed Mark A. Lewis; he should be working more. The special and visual effects are excellent.

    ******* The Thaw (8/30/09) Mark A. Lewis ~ Martha Macisaac, Aaron Ashmore, Kyle Schmid, Steph Song
  • shtove7 January 2013
    Warning: Spoilers
    I read one of the one star reviews - unfair criticism, because the reviewer missed some of the plot points. Although there are still a few illogical and improbable bits!

    This is an average chiller, with panicking youths struggling to survive a threat that stalks them.

    Acting, pace and soundtrack are so-so. The heroine is a bossy little thing, could be annoying, but there's a good amputation scene where she takes over from the gutless man.

    The twist at the end is well hidden and worthwhile, so that increases the rating to 6/10.
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