ICE SOLDIERS (levelFilm, 2013) D: Sturla Gunnarsson, w/ Dominic Purcell, Adam Beach. Rating: NN; Blu-ray package: none. Rating: NN
Ice Soldiers, a low-budget science fiction chase movie, gets its greatest tension from shots of tiny humans struggling against northern Ontario's vast, hostile snowbound wilderness.
They're on the trail of three genetically enhanced Soviet soldiers left over from the Cold War who've been defrosted and now want to fulfill their murderous mission.
The villains, led by Gabriel Hogan, looking like a younger, more handsome Dolph Lundgren, are your basic Terminator-style unstoppable killing machines. The hero, Dominic Purcell, a heavier, more phlegmatic Steve Carell, also has superpowers, but they don't help much until a Cree trapper (Adam Beach) shows up, bringing tracking skills and some human warmth to the otherwise dour proceedings.
Most of the action is suggested rather than shown, so hardcore fans will be disappointed, but the setting, atmosphere and brisk pace make it watchable for the rest of us.
There are no extras, so you can fill your lust for more snow with Frozen, a snappy 2010 survival thriller about three people trapped on a chairlift with hungry wolves below.
EXTRAS English, French audio. English subtitles.