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The Thaw (2009)

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A research expedition to the Arctic discovers that a melting polar ice cap has released a deadly prehistoric parasite.

Director:

Mark A. Lewis

Writers:

Mark A. Lewis (screenplay), Michael Lewis (screenplay) (as Michael W. Lewis)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Val Kilmer ... Dr. Kruipen
Martha MacIsaac ... Evelyn (as Martha Macisaac)
Kyle Schmid ... Federico Fulce
William B. Davis ... Ted
Steph Song ... Ling Chen
Anne Marie DeLuise ... Jane (as Anne Marie Deluise)
Viv Leacock ... Bart
Peter Kelamis ... Mike
Garry Chalk ... Jack
John Callander John Callander ... Edward
Lamech Kadloo Lamech Kadloo ... Nuti
Sebastian Gacki ... Chad
Alexandra Staseson Alexandra Staseson ... Infected Girl
Aaron Ashmore ... Atom Galen
Alejandro Rae ... Rob
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At a remote Arctic research station, four ecology students discover the real horror of global warming is not the melting ice, but what's frozen within it. A prehistoric parasite is released from the carcass of a Woolly Mammoth upon the unsuspecting students who are forced to quarantine and make necessary sacrifices, or risk infecting rest of the world Written by Anagram Pictures

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This spring, the sacrifice begins... See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, disturbing images, language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Since the film is shot near the Esket Reserve in Western Canada, many people of the First Nation were also involved, including Chief Charlene Belleau who blessed the production. See more »

Goofs

Doctor Kruipen called the parasite vertebrates, which the students read from the doctor's notes. They were later called bugs by the same students. Bugs are invertebrates. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Kruipen: My name is David Kruipen. What is sacrifice? What does it mean to make a real difference? Throughout my life and career I have straddled two worlds. Increasingly I have become respected. Increasingly my books and articles are published and read. Increasingly I have been embraced by policymakers and referenced by bureaucrats, but today I realize that I have... misguided myself. Today I rediscovered what I knew when I was young.
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The Dugout
Written and Performed by Ladyhawk
Courtesy of Jagjaguwar, Inc.
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Mediocre suspense, great realism and production
29 September 2009 | by oprotnesSee all my reviews

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.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 2010 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$149,857
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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