In the distant future the world is in the grip of another ice age. A city originally built to house five million people is now in its death throes as the relentlessly advancing glacier is slowly crushing the metropolis's steel infrastructure. The relatively few surviving fur-clad inhabitants, perhaps thousands, perhaps only hundreds, drift aimlessly in their grim, drab world, awaiting their inevitable fate as they try to survive from day to day with scavenged firewood and minimal diet. Their only solaces are booza, an alcoholic drink distilled from moss, and Quintet, a seemingly innocuous board game for six players. The only other surviving mammals are roving packs of hungry mastiffs which roam the city's corridors and quickly dispose of the remains of the dead. Newly arrived from the south is Essex with his pregnant wife Vivia, seeking shelter in the doomed city only to find it populated by people middle-aged or older. They had supported themselves by hunting seals, but now that the ...
One man against the world.
Did You Know?
The entire movie was shot with the edges of the lens thickly smeared with a transparent substance. (This is a common technique for creating a hazy or soft-focus effect, but it is usually used very subtly.) The result is that every scene is in focus only in a circular area in the middle of the screen; the edges, all around, are clouded and translucent. The effect is as if looking through a window with the edges iced over - in keeping with the set of the movie, in which every square inch, indoors and out, is coated with ice and snow. See more
...and talk about life.
The only thing I've seen is death, or the prospect of it.
But that's what makes life worthwhile; every time you cheat death, you feel the pure thrill of life
Instead of fading to black before the film begins, the silent 20th Century Fox logo instead *dissolves* into the opening scene, that of a frozen wasteland in a heavy blizzard. See more