Chasing Ice (2012)



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Acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In Chasing Ice, Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Traveling with a team of young … More

Rating: PG-13 (for brief strong language)
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Monroe
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 10, 2013
Box Office: $1.3M
National Geographic - Official Site


as Adam LeWinter

as Jeff Orlowski

as Svavar Jonatansson

as Louie Psihoyos

as Kitty Boone

as Sylvia Earle

as Dennis Dimick

as Jason Box

as Tad Pfeffer

as Suzanne Balog

as Synte Peacock

as Thomas Swetnam

as Terry Root

as Peter Hoeppe

as Gerald Meehl

as Emily Balog

as Martin Nørregaard

as Simone Balog

as Martin Sharp

as James Woolsey
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Critic Reviews for Chasing Ice

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (23)

Still an eco-sceptic? Clap your eyes on this lot. Awe-inspiring, terrifying, transcendently beautiful, and absolutely weighted with significance for the future of the planet.

Full Review… | December 11, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

The most important documentary of the year.

Full Review… | December 7, 2012
Detroit News
Top Critic

While their persistence is remarkable, it is rewarded by the breathtaking yet heartbreaking images obtained. In every location, they find irrefutable evidence of the dramatic degradation of the planet's glaciers.

Full Review… | April 7, 2015
Montreal Gazette

As a documentary, it offers most of its likely viewers grim confirmation of what they already know, rather than the thrill of discovery.

Full Review… | May 22, 2013
Seven Days

Less a didactic 'message-movie' than a study of one man's steely determination, the debut helmer directs with a sure hand and no-frills aesthetic.

Full Review… | April 25, 2013

Beautiful, affecting documentary about glacier retreat.

Full Review… | April 19, 2013
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Chasing Ice

One of the most visually stunning documentaries I have ever seen, Chasing Ice is a testament to the power of film to serve as clear-cut evidence of a changing world, as well as proof of why that world is worth preserving.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer


A terrifying film that offers both a stunning collection of images and an indisputable evidence of global climate change. It is a pity though that it loses some of its focus wanting to praise Balog's efforts and doesn't propose any real scientific solution for the problem.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Photographer James Balog sets up cameras to document the disappearance of glaciers.
Most documentaries about global warming and other such social problems take an alarmist stance and quickly become so over-bearing in their message that I find myself saying, "Yes, yes, we're all going to die. I understand. Ho hum." But the film's focus on the process of setting up the cameras and Balog's courageousness makes it more about the process than pounding depressing evidence into my head.
Balog's photographs are striking. They're beautifully tragic, just as they are intended to be.
Overall, this is a good documentary about an important social problem, and its strength is that it doesn't try to beat the shit out of any happiness you might still be able to muster.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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