Ten years after the release of the original Ice Age, the film’s fourth installment was still able to deliver a hard core family flick that will capture the heart of its young viewers. Ice Age 4: Continental Drift sees the gang charming their way to the audience with their adventures and misadventures to the high seas. Our three heroes, Manny the mammoth (Ray Romano), Diego the sabre-toothed tiger (Denis Leary) and Sid the sloth ( John Leguizamo) were separated from their families and got stuck in an ice raft with Sid’s grandmother (Wanda Sykes.)
As the gang drifts further away from their home, they met a gang of pirates led by Captain Gutt, an orangutan who’s out to bring chaos and revenge along with his crew. Determined to be with his wife and daughter again, Manny led the action-packed showdown between our charming heroes and the pirates.
This fourth installment of the film was co-directed by Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier who directed the third one. With its very cliché plot line, the teamwork of Martino and Thurmeier was able to transformed it into something that both adult and children would thoroughly enjoy. I’m not a really big fan of 3-D but I just really dig it this time. It’s fun and engaging and the humour’s just have the right balance. Ice Age 4 soars higher as they deliver a family film that will not only entertain its audience but will teach us some real lessons in life. It’s definitely a must-see!
Director: Steve Martino, Mike Thurmeier
Starring: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Peter Dinklage, Wanda Sykes, Jennifer Lopez, Queen Latifah, Josh Gad, Keke Palmer, Nicki Minaj, Rebel Wilson, Heather Morris
First posted at Pinoy Exchange Official Movie Reviews
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Tagged Denis Leary, Film Review, Heather Morris, Ice Age, Jennifer Lopez, John Leguizamo, Josh Gad, Josh Peck, Keke Palmer, Mike Thurmeier, Nicki Minaj, Peter Dinklage, Queen Latifah, Ray Romano, Rebel Wilson, Seann William Scott, Steve Martino, Wanda Sykes
When checking out what film to watch this weekend I find myself choosing between Unknown and Vanishing on 7th Street. Unknown because of the three stars led by Liam Neeson and Vanishing On The 7th Street by Hayden Christensen. I ended up choosing Hayden’s film because of its very interesting premise about people vanishing into thin air because of a mysterious phenomena where light is your only way to fight the “shadows” but then it will also the reason these “shadows” will get you. People on the 7th street started to disappear leaving only the clothes they are wearing and their other belongings. There was no explanation at all why it’s happening but you need to keep a light handy or stay in a well-lit place (or wear it for that matter) to survive. Apparently, according to Luke’s (Hayden Christensen) flashback, this was a global blackout of some sort.
The film does have a couple of startling scenes and the actors were okay but the whole film just lacks narrative. I am at a loss as to what the story is really about. I do know however, that it’s some sort of related to that Roanoke story that the character of John Laguizamo (Paul) was reading before the mysterious event started. It is about the Roanoke Colony who simply vanished either because they abandoned the place or die of starvation because there are no supplies to keep them alive.
It is simply mind boggling and draggy at the same time. The characterizations are shallow and non-emphatic from start to finish. The ending is anti-climactic and predictable. I won’t recommend this film to anyone at this point. You don’t want to waste some valuable time and money my dear readers…
I’d give it a 3.5 /10 ratings.
Director: Brad Anderson
Starring: Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, John Leguizamo