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Antarctica: A Year on Ice (2014)

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ANTARCTICA: A YEAR ON ICE is a visually stunning journey to the end of the world with the hardy and devoted people who live there year-round. The research stations scattered throughout the continent host a close-knit international population of scientists, technicians and craftsmen. Isolated from the rest of the world, enduring months of unending darkness followed by periods when the sun never sets, Antarctic residents experience firsthand the beauty and brutality of the most severe environment on Earth. Capturing epic battles against hellacious storms, quiet reveries of nature's grandeur, and everyday moments of work and laughter, this unique documentary shows a steadfast community thriving in a land few humans have experienced. Using specially modified cameras and spectacular time-lapse photography, filmmaker Anthony Powell captures the splendor of the region like no film before. ANTARCTICA: A YEAR ON ICE gives testament to the planet's natural wonders, humanity's thirst for adventure, and the emotional extremes that accompany a year within the last pristine wilderness on the planet. (C) Music Box Films

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Way too much screen time is given over to folks describing what it's like to live in such a place, as opposed to, you know, actually living there.

December 12, 2014 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

"Antarctica" ultimately does evoke a sense of the place - its magnificent emptiness and inhuman, unspoiled purity.

December 4, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It is the simple glimpses of ordinary life in an extraordinary place that are the most stirring moments in the film.

December 4, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Powell makes excellent use of time-lapse photography to capture such natural phenomena as a sea freezing over. What registers most strongly, though, is the sense of loneliness and professional drudgery.

December 4, 2014 | Full Review…

Mostly what you get is a chronicle of tedious routine carried out in a killing climate. That gives this documentary a flavor that is strong and genuine. Just not very appealing.

November 28, 2014

A documentary that's essentially a tribute to a hardy group of people who've made a life on the ice.

November 28, 2014 | Rating: 3/4

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A very interesting look at the life of those who choose to work in Antarctica. This features some stunning visuals but also has an engaging and thought provoking side too due to the isolation involved.

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