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Nature Unleashed: Avalanche (2004)

Two brothers and an avalanche researcher try to convince villagers that a giant wall of snow will soon destroy their valley.

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Jock
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Thom
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Hans (as Zahary Baharov)
Peter Gaitandjiev ...
Erik
Kate Henry ...
Katya
Plamen Manassiev ...
Gunther (as Plamen Manasiev)
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Callie (as Jessica Kate Brooks)
Kalin Yavorov ...
Stephen (as Kalin Javorov)
Violeta Markovska ...
Anna
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Alkin
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Rogov
Nikola Dodov ...
Karl (as Nikolai Dodov)
Michail Elenov ...
Gregor (as Mihail Elenov)
Nikolai Sotirov ...
Boris
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Mikhail Zorich
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It begins on a glacier nestled on a frozen peak high in the wild Ural Mountains of Russia, kissed by clouds, the top of the world. A lonely, forbidding place, it's home to THOM CUSSLER and brother, JOCK, a pair of transplanted westerners seeking their fortune in Russia's new capitalist economy. They run a hard-luck snowmobile tour business that takes adventurous winter tourists up the mountains to experience the ultimate extreme winter thrill. During one such excursion, a massive ledge of snow at the top of the ridge suddenly collapses and an avalanche crashes down! Only the quick thinking and expert driving of Thom and Jock saves them. The tiny village of Dubroz, nestled far below, is not so lucky. Avalanche sirens wail, but the panicked villagers barely have time to act as the avalanche crashes down! A wall of snow smashes into one end of the village, blasting-in windows, collapsing and burying buildings, tossing cars in the air like toys! From their vantage point high on the ridge ... Written by GFT Entertainment

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Rated PG-13 for brief language | See all certifications »
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6 August 2004 (Japan)  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Well, it's no Vertical Limit
9 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

But it gets the job done.

A bunch of characters including two brothers, the younger brother's lover, her father the developer, and an avalanche watcher start to realize a nearby peak is about to come crashing down. Trying to find a way to keep everyone safe while maintaining profit, all while overcoming their own inner drama and differences, keeps them busy for roughly an hour and a half. We get to tag along too.

It basically has mediocre dialog, mediocre directing and editing, some pretty good photography, and bad acting, but it's the story that keeps this little experience interesting. In general, it's a somewhat tense countdown while the weight of the mountain starts burdening the souls of all involved. Can't say it was that bad.

Obviously a big difficulty was keeping it going with limited materials, being that a few shots/ideas are re-used several times. It also has a pretty useless side-story about the developer's evil business partner that frankly only worked to use up space, then climaxed in a pretty campy shot that I won't give away. But the fact that it even had side-plots and backstory and character development is kind of commendable for the type of movie it was. So there we go. Entertainment fun-fest and all that.

--PolarisDiB


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