Writer: H. Perry Horton, Richard Schenkman (Screenplay)
Starring: Jeff Fahey, Sara Malakul Lane, John Rhys Davies, Marc Ewins, Ivan Kamaras, Luke Healy
Plot: When a chain of volcanic eruptions rips through Europe, the enormous ash cloud blocks out the sun, plunging the continent into a new ice age. An American couple must find their kids and get them out of Paris before it freezes over.
Tagline – Cold as hell!
Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: 100 Degrees Below Zero starts when a chain of volcanic eruptions in Europe cause planes to be grounded, Steve Foster (Fahey) is flying his new wife Lacey (Fekete) to meet his kids Taryn (Lane) and Ryan (Ewins) who are living in Paris for school, needing to land in London, Steve must find his own way to Paris. Dr Goldschein (Kamaras) and Colonel Ralph Dillard (Rhys-Davies) must prepare for the chain of events which will see Europe covered snow for a potential two-year long event.
Steve being a former military man turns to Colonel Dillard who offers to help if he can arrive at a certain location within the time limit before the ice age hits.
Thoughts on 100 Degrees Below Zero
Characters – Steve Foster is an ex-military pilot, retired he is trying to get to his children in Paris, with his journey taking him from London, he has a new wife who will be meeting his kids for the first time. He will use his connections to get across the water however difficult the journey will be. Taryn and Ryan as the children of Steve’s they will be meeting their new step-mum for the first time and after the disaster starts, they must stick together to figure out how to survive, with Ryan seemingly falling over more than any normal person. Colonel Ralph Dillard is dealing with the events from a military side, preparing for the worse and helping his old friend.
Performances – Jeff Fahey is good though he doesn’t have much too do other than drive and talk a lot. Sara Malakul and Marc Ewins will get you laughing at the characters decisions and at times their over reactions to the earthquakes hitting Paris. John Rhys-Davies gets to do talking too, never really being challenged as an actor.
Story – The story puts our characters in different countries as a major disaster strikes Europe and the race to survive takes place. so, this is a disaster movie with a story that is wildly over the top and for the most part it works for anyone that enjoys a slightly trashy disaster movie, the story is basic enough to follow and while moments will make you laugh, we do get to enjoy what we are seeing. You will have to watch this with a loss sense of realism because this is one that never takes things as seriously as they should be and you never feel the true scale of the event happening, we also are just accepting what happens, with one story arc just seems to be forgotten half way through the film.
Action/Sci-Fi – The action comes from the disaster sequences which are destructive for any film like this, the sci-fi ideas comes from just where the disasters can go for the wildly over the top.
Settings – The film keeps us in a couple of main locations with the Paris location showing most of the destruction and the journey being anywhere that is snow covered. The location show the distance the characters must travel, which is understandable if you know how far apart they are.
Special Effects – The effects in the film are low budget, certain ones are bad, but this is a low budget movie that was made for next to nothing, we don’t need the best effects to be entertained.
Final Thoughts – This is a film that you will enjoy if you like the disaster movies, you don’t take them too seriously and can just switch off and enjoy the ride.
Overall: Switch off and enjoy.