Critic Reviews for Ice
The mood is terrorized and often brutal, but the behavioral observations and some of the tenderness periodically call to mind early Cassavetes.
The cast is amateur (and wholly anonymous, though you may recognize a few friends and familiar faces), but it is adequate to the moods, frustrations, accommodations and intolerances of the movie.
In Ice there is a deliberate lack of art, decoration, plot, characterization. All of these elements are missing and in their place is revolutionary dedication.
Audience Reviews for Ice
Ice" is an experimental film set in an alternate United States that is at war with Mexico(or substitute Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan or Syria. No extra charge) and has clamped down on the civil liberties of its citizens, requiring identity and travel cards and setting curfews. In response, there is an underground political movement that while disavowing terrorism is planning a violent action in concert with other groups. In the meantime, they screen deserters while seeking to educate and recruit others, especially if they happen to be cute women in coffee houses.(To their credit, some also seem just as interested in making love as making war.) As you can imagine, there are grave consequences to getting caught, as I still have no idea where that guy is trying to put that needle... From its grainy black and white look, "Ice" looks like it was filmed on the fly while making great use of New York City locations, including the old TWA terminal at Kennedy Airport. Throughout, the movie also includes documentary footage, intertitles and one women reading in negative exposure while sitting on the Brooklyn Bridge which I suppose is included because it looks cool(which it does). At the same time, the movie proves being different does not always work out for the best, as it also suffers from slack editing and repetitiveness which hampers the movie's valiant effort to educate the audience.
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