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On the Rocks – Absolute Zero Reviewed

24 Aug

A drink or two would have definitely helped…

Keeping up with the latest SyFy b-movies has been a little harder than I imagined since I cut the cable back in April, but buried in Netflix one can still find a few “gems”. And since it’s the middle of what’s been a fairly hot summer, this week’s review is for the 2006 ice disaster movie Absolute Zero, starring Jeff Fahey as a scientist with out-of-control eyebrows who discovers that the next ice age is just around the corner. And it’s going to be very, very cold.

Characters in disaster films typically fall into two camps. They can be active, trying to save the day (and usually succeeding) by implementing a last minute theory they invariably pull out of their ass. Or they can be passive, running from explosion to explosion and just trying to make it to the end. Active characters tend to make the plot more exciting, if generally more absurd. Passive ones allow for more “realistic” disasters to unfold, but they generally don’t contribute much beyond tension – unless they’re well written, which rarely happens with a movie like this.

Absolute Zero has the absurd premise of an active movie with characters that mainly react to events around them. It tries to be both kinds of disaster film, with middling results. Continue reading