The Ice Road is a spectacular driving experience in any conditions. But there is a huge difference between the perfect driving conditions and a movie that is shot in the middle of winter in the Canadian tundra. For those who love to travel to remote places but don't have time to get stuck in the snow, the Ice Road is an excellent option. The landscapes here are spectacular with tundra forests, waterfalls and lakes teeming with wildlife. The drivers that traverse The Ice Road are exposed to very cold temperatures and a challenging route.
Driving across the tough and unforgiving terrain of The Ice Road is a challenge in itself. The scenery is stunning and the cars are more often then not packed with snow, sleet and rain. The Ice Road stretches for about two hundred miles between the Canadian tundra and Alaska. In the toughest regions of North America drivers travel over difficult man made roads on ice less than thirty inches thick on ice covered rivers, streams and lakes. The Canadian winter has proven to be one of the most popular filming locations for movies such as The Ice Road, Blood Diamond, Crazy Heart and Transparent.
The Ice Road is the setting for many of the thrilling chase scenes in films such as Crazy Heart and Transparent. The North American crew decided to film this scene in Canada, the arctic, because of the scenic beauty, the timing and the challenges presented by the ice road. The most famous scene takes place on April, the first day of the film, when the group approaches the start of the route. The ice is thinning steadily and is nearly slippery. The vehicles make a slow approach and the tension mount as the group struggles to drive through. An intense weather front passes over the area and the tension rises as the snow flies forward, coating the car.
The car finally makes it to the beginning of the next segment and the crew anxiously counts down until the last minute. When the truck finally reaches the end of the ice road, the pressure on the actors increases. The movie then cuts to a truck accident in the Canadian province of Alberta. A gas station is damaged and two miners are trapped inside. The rescue mission becomes a gun battle, and the movie ends with one man being shot and killed while another is left clinging to life.
The Ice Road is well deserving of a mention in terms of both its action sequences and its cinematography. Sean Connelly directs this movie from a novel-writing effort with a very tight budget. The book is quite descriptive of the Canadian arctic landscape and the harsh arctic weather conditions experienced by the people who live there. The movie version provides a gripping action sequence that leaves you wanting more. The arctic landscape is a visual treat, especially when the helicopter shots capture the scenery at night.
The Ice Road is a very fast paced movie that has some great action sequences and climaxes. The movie includes some breathtaking special effects and some great casting. Michael Caine plays the role of a desperate man who has been stranded for several days and is facing certain death. The Ice Road is definitely worth a look. The climatic conditions in which the characters survive are visually stunning. The movie is not for the squeamish but will give those who have seen the movie new encouragement about the arctic environment.