7.8/10
5,948
31 user 73 critic

Chasing Ice (2012)

Trailer
2:14 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.

Director:

Writer:

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Mission Blue (2014)
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Feature documentary about legendary oceanographer, marine biologist, environmentalist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle, and her campaign to create a global network of protected marine sanctuaries.

Directors: Robert Nixon, Fisher Stevens
Stars: James Cameron, Michael deGruy, Sylvia Earle
The Cove (2009)
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.

Director: Louie Psihoyos
Stars: Richard O'Barry, Louie Psihoyos, Hardy Jones
Dinosaur 13 (2014)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A documentary about the discovery of the largest Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil ever found.

Director: Todd Douglas Miller
Stars: Stan Adelstein, Lanice Archer, Robert Bakker
Documentary | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

5 years in the making, Minds In The Water is the story of one surfer's international journey to help protect dolphins, whales and their ocean environment. Shot on location in Australia, the... See full summary »

Director: Justin Krumb
Stars: Chris Del Moro, Isabel Lucas, Will Conner
Documentary | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A visually stunning chronicle of what it is like to live in Antarctica for a full year, including winters isolated from the rest of the world, and enduring months of darkness in the coldest place on Earth.

Director: Anthony Powell
Stars: Anthony Powell, Genevieve Bachman, William Brotman
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A documentary on Paul Watson, who takes the law into his own hands on the open seas, confronting, by any nonviolent means necessary, the hunters who indiscriminately slaughter whales, seals... See full summary »

Director: Ronald Colby
Stars: Paul Watson, Robert Hunter, Patrick Moore
Documentary | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A documentary that follows undercover activists trying to stave off a man-made mass extinction.

Director: Louie Psihoyos
Stars: Elon Musk, Joel Sartore, Louie Psihoyos
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

The first comprehensive film to reveal the long and sordid history of the captive whale and dolphin entertainment business. Many of these marine parks and aquariums are directly or ... See full summary »

Stars: Brad Andrews, Ken Balcomb, Hardy Jones
Virunga (2014)
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A group of brave individuals risk their lives to save the last of the world's mountain gorillas; in the midst of renewed civil war and a scramble for Congo's natural resources.

Director: Orlando von Einsiedel
Stars: André Bauma, Emmanuel de Merode, Mélanie Gouby
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

As the Large Hadron Collider is about to be launched for the first time, physicists are on the cusp of the greatest scientific discovery of all time -- or perhaps their greatest failure.

Director: Mark Levinson
Stars: Martin Aleksa, Nima Arkani-Hamed, Savas Dimopoulos
Reel Rock 10 (2015)
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

(2015) From big walls to big moves, REEL ROCK 10 features athletes Tommy Caldwell, Kevin Jorgeson, Alex Honnold, Jimmy Webb, Daniel Woods and a special tribute to the late Dean Potter. This... See full summary »

Directors: Zachary Barr, Josh Lowell, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Nik Berry, Tommy Caldwell, Mason Earle
Blackfish (2013)
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Stars: Tilikum, Dave Duffus, Samantha Berg
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Himself - Photographer
Svavar Jónatansson ...
Himself - Photo Assistant
...
Himself - Photographer & Oscar Winning Filmmaker
Kitty Boone ...
Herself - The Aspen Institute
Sylvia Earle ...
Herself - National Geographic Explorer (as Sylvia Earle Ph.D.)
Dennis Dimick ...
Himself - National Geographic Editor
Adam LeWinter ...
Himself - EIS Engineer (as Adam Lewinter)
Jason Box ...
Himself - Climatologist, Ohio State University (as Jason Box Ph.D.)
Tad Pfeffer ...
Himself - Glaciologist, University of Colorado (as Tad Pfeffer Ph.D.)
Suzanne Balog ...
Herself - James's Wife
...
Himself - EIS Videographer
Synte Peacock ...
Herself - Oceanographer, National Center for Atmospheric Research (as Synte Peacock Ph.D.)
Terry Root ...
Herself - Senior Fellow, Stanford University Woods Institute (as Terry Root Ph.D.)
Thomas Swetnam ...
Himself - Directof of Tree-Ring Research, University of Arizona (as Thomas Swetnam Ph.D.)
Peter Hoeppe ...
Himself - Head of Geo Risks Research, Munich Reinsurance (as Peter Hoeppe Ph.D.)
Edit

Storyline

'National Geographic' photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In 'Chasing Ice,' we follow Balog across the Arctic as he deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. Balog's hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Traveling with a young team of adventurers by helicopter, canoe and dog sled across three continents, Balog risks his career and his well-being in pursuit of the biggest story in human history. As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramp up around the world, 'Chasing Ice' depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to gather evidence and deliver hope to our carbon-powered planet Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

14 December 2012 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Scigajac arktyczny lód  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$83,200 (USA) (21 December 2012)

Gross:

$780,100 (USA) (28 December 2012)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Himself - Photographer: If you had an abscess in your tooth, would you keep going to dentist after dentist until you found a dentist who said, "Ah, don't worry about it. Leave that rotten tooth in"? Or would you pull it out because more of the other dentists told you you had a problem? That's sort of what we're doing with climate change.
See more »

Connections

References Nova: Extreme Ice (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Finding
Written and Performed by Keith Kenniff
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Georgously disturbing. A Wake-up Call.
21 March 2014 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Chasing Ice is as strong a documentary as I have ever seen concerning the issues of global warming, and that includes Al Gore's terrific Oscar winning Inconvenient Truth. It centers on a man named James Balog, a National Geographic photographer, who with a team sets an array of advanced cameras focusing on various glaciers in Greenland, Iceland and Alaska in order to see the change in the ice coverage over periods of months and years. At first the complex and fragile nature of such a program leads to great technical difficulties, but eventually they do get the program on track, and the results are no less than stunning.

The film is not overtly political. It begins with a montage of "skeptics" of human caused climate change. Balog, who claims to have himself once been a skeptic, ends up getting deeply involved in the project to the detriment of time with his family and the numerous surgeries he gets on his knees. Throughout the film the science of global warming and it's general effects on the planet is tiptoed into, but primarily it lets the visuals do the talking. This film is beautiful and disturbing literally at the same time with treks across ice sheets viewing the melting in real time, images of glaciers breaking off into the sea, and the main focus the time-lapse footage.

I'm not going to say exactly how these years-long images turned out, but just mention they are insightful, gorgeous, and certainly do not contradict the science which in at least general terms has been settled for many years. The highlight of the movie for me is not however seeing the glaciers shrink over a long period of time, but an instant of change after a couple of Balog's colleagues have sat on a vulnerable piece of ice for a few days; it's a spectacular break off of ice like you've never seen before—I was horrifically captivated.

Chasing Ice is fascinating on a personal and scientific level, and in my opinion has to be considered one of the most important documentaries of this decade. This film rightly doesn't try to find solutions to the problem as it's beyond its scope, but it clearly states that there is a problem; one we can't ignore.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Not enough about ice, oddly. eb_madison
Discuss Chasing Ice (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page