Movie Review: Christmas Icetastrophe (2014)

Synopsis: As a small mountain town prepares to celebrate the holiday season, a piece of a meteorite strikes the downtown area, causing the community and the surrounding area to go into a deep freeze. As the damage spreads, it is up to a town resident and scientist to stop it.

Who's in it? The movie stars Victor Webster, Jennifer Spence, Richard Harmon, Tiera Skovbye and Mike Dopud.

Review: My wife and I came across this film a couple weeks ago and decided to add it to our movie library. Since it was super hot outside yesterday evening, I figured it was a good choice. As it turned out, it was better than expected.

Overall, I found I liked the plot. Yes, it was very similar to The Day After Tomorrow but there were just enough additions to keep the film slightly different, including the giant ice spikes that would occasionally pop out of the ground, and I did find it entertaining for the most part.

That being said, I'm not going to lie, there was an awful lot in this movie that does need to be overlooked for it to be watchable. One of the big ones is the inconsistent way the icy weather affects people. There are a number of times when the meteorite freezes plenty of people but leaves the main characters unscathed with no explanation. This is especially true of the one character, Marley (Skovbye), who survives it multiple times. I was beginning to wonder if there was secretly something special about her.

The movie also relies heavily on super generic characters. Frankly, there's nothing special or memorable about any of them and I feel, at minimum, the main character, Charlie (Webster), needed much more of a backstory than he received. On one hand, having generic characters did make it a little harder to predict who would survive the movie but, on the other hand, it was very hard to care if any of them did. The end result was a movie that was entertaining enough for a hot summer evening in front of the air conditioner but also very forgettable.

Final Opinion: I didn't hate the movie but, while I would recommend watching it on a rainy (or snowy) day, I also recommend doing so with lowered expectations.

My Grade: C+


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