An arctic expedition not only confirms global warming, but indicates in only a matter of days the Earth will experience a shift of the magnetic poles. David and his ex-girlfriend Bryn become trapped in Miami and struggle for survival when the temperature plunges to minus 400 degrees.
Jeff Fahey (David), Erika Eleniak (Bryn), Bill Dow (Veet), Jessica Amlee (Sophie), Michael Ryan (Jeff), Fred Ewanuick (Phillip), Britt Irvin (AJ), Matthew Walker (Hershel), William MacDonald (Dempsy).
Absolute Zero gets interesting quickly enough with a trip to the Arctic which reveals a prehistoric frozen man. From there the film devolves into a lackluster copy of The Day After Tomorrow. The plot is pretty simple and so is this film with very little fluff or fun, just some running in circles until things start freezing. After that, things quickly defrost and poof, the film is over with a happy ever after ending. No muss, no fuss.
Acting left a bit to be desired in Absolute Zero with Fahey, being the big name, almost delivering a film worthy performance. If scrunching your eyebrows qualified as a performance that is. Eleniak reminds us why she never did go far on film, and her reasons for making it there in the first place have gained a few pounds. The remainder of the supporting cast was mediocre.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were half decent until the CGI guy got a hold of them after which they begin to look unrealistic and poorly done. Physical effects were mild and unpolished. Dialogue was uninspired throughout the film. Sound and soundtrack were lukewarm at best.
Overall Absolute Zero is almost an absolute zero. The film lacks energy, depth, and technical quality but makes for good background noise while doing other, more interesting things.
With only some mild terror and a blood splatter or two, this should be fine for preens and above.
Absolute Zero is no longer showing in any Littleton, Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 1 out of 5
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