Ice Soldiers (2013)
|Content Rating||R (Restricted)|
|Company||Bunk 11 Pictures, TAJJ Media, Hideaway Pictures|
Ice Soldiers is a 2013 Canadian action-science fiction film directed by Sturla Gunnarsson and starring Dominic Purcell, Adam Beach and Michael Ironside. In the film, Malraux (Purcell), and a team of Canadian scientists release a group of frozen Soviet-era soldiers who attempt to complete their original mission: a devastating attack on the United States.
In 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, a team of Canadian troops in the arctic discover three Soviet soldiers with superhuman abilities. They keep them captive for examination but the soldiers later break free and kill many of the troops stationed in the north. Fifty years later, a team of Canadian military and scientists, including Dr. Malraux, and Dr. Lobokoff, discover them buried beneath the Arctic ice. Malraux explains that the soldiers were genetically modified during the Crisis in 1962 and their mission was to carry out a terrorist attack on New York City. The scientists debate what to do with them but never reach an agreement. When the soldiers are revived, they again go on a killing spree and kill much of the military and scientist personnel. Surviving their attack, Malraux walks through the wilderness after them when he stumbles across a Cree aboriginal who agrees to team up and fight against these intruders to stop them from reaching south. They succeed in catching up to them and kill them after surviving many atrocities.
- Dominic Purcell as Dr. Andrew Malraux
- Adam Beach as TC Cardinal
- Michael Ironside as Col. Desmond Trump
- Gabriel Hogan as Frozen #1: The film’s primary antagonist. David Anselmo, president of Hideaway Pictures, had to say "Gabe Hogan is phenomenal in this film as the bad guy… He really brings a dread, an eerie dread, to a character, which I was surprised at."
- Camille Sullivan as Jane Frazer
- Nicu Branzea as Vladimir Lobokoff
- Benz Antoine as Sgt. Joe Gibbs
- Matthew G. Taylor as Frozen #2
- Andre Tricoteux as Frozen #3
- Carinne Leduc as Juliet
- Jamie Roy as Radio Operator #1
- Raoul Bhaneja as Bates
- Kristina Nicoll as Chief Melody Ripinski
- Jason Abel as Lieutenant Ken McKenzie
- Stefen Hayes as Russian Oil Executive (Mitka Dorovich)
Ice Soldiers was filmed in the Sudbury, Ontario area in 2013. Director, Sturla Gunnarsson, said of the environment "Every day you’re out in the elements, making a storm with a dozen big wind machines, or doing a chase with a Hummer on tracks and a snowmobile… I haven’t seen that chase before, those kinds of vehicles on that landscape. It was a big toybox." The film premiered at the College Boreal Concert hall in Sudbury on February 28, 2014.
A trailer for the film was released on November 26, 2013.
Norman Wilner of Now wrote, "It's all pretty generic, and very stupid". David Johnson of DVD Verdict called it "pretty much standard-issue stalking and stabbing." Jay Stone of Canada.com rated it 2/5 stars and called it "a gleefully preposterous slice of B movie cheese". Likewise, Dennis Shwartz of Ozus’ World Movie Reviews called the film "a disposable B-film, whose best virtue might be in how great the snow looks."