Chasing Ice

2012

Chasing Ice

Critics Consensus

Chasing Ice captures the urgency of climate change while prevailing as entertainment, thanks the awe-inspiring scenery and James Balog's charisma.

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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 adventurers across the brutal Arctic, Balog risks his career and his well-being in pursuit of the biggest story facing humanity. As the debate polarizes America, and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Chasing Ice depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to deliver fragile hope to our carbon-powered planet. -- (C) Submarine

Cast

Adam LeWinter
as Adam LeWinter
Jeff Orlowski
as Jeff Orlowski
Svavar Jonatansson
as Svavar Jonatansson
Louie Psihoyos
as Louie Psihoyos
Kitty Boone
as Kitty Boone
Sylvia Earle
as Sylvia Earle
Dennis Dimick
as Dennis Dimick
Jason Box
as Jason Box
Tad Pfeffer
as Tad Pfeffer
Suzanne Balog
as Suzanne Balog
Synte Peacock
as Synte Peacock
Thomas Swetnam
as Thomas Swetnam
Terry Root
as Terry Root
Peter Hoeppe
as Peter Hoeppe
Gerald Meehl
as Gerald Meehl
Emily Balog
as Emily Balog
Martin Nørregaard
as Martin Nørregaard
Simone Balog
as Simone Balog
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Critic Reviews for Chasing Ice

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (69) | Rotten (3)

  • [A] spectacular but depressing documentary.

    October 31, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Is this about the hazards of global warming or the awesomeness of James Balog? Not entirely sure...

    December 13, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • If any film can convert the climate-change sceptics, Chasing Ice would be it: here, seeing really is believing.

    December 13, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • National Geographic photographer James Balog illustrates climate change with time-lapsed records of glacial retreat.

    December 13, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A project of heroic, Herzogian endeavour. Mad, you might say. But probably not as mad as what the rest of us are doing about climate change: namely almost nothing.

    December 13, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    December 11, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Chasing Ice

  • Dec 01, 2013
    Necessary, fascinating, and moving. I couldn't believe my eyes.
    Kyle M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 13, 2013
    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 H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 12, 2013
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 02, 2013
    "Chasing Ice" is as visually stunning as it is socially enlightening. James Balog, an acclaimed photography, brings the best of both worlds into a documentary that highlights the indisputable facts about global warming, through the photographic proof of several glaciers, which have been around for thousands and thousands of years, that are melting and breaking off into the oceans at an alarming rate. The documentary not only takes you on an adventure as Balog attempts to plant over a dozen different cameras out in the Arctic elements to capture the photos, but it inspires social change with the immense cataclysmic change that our earth is undergoing at a rapid pace. Overwhelmed from most of the imagery, I had a strong connection with this film and could have looked at Balog's photography for much longer. One of the best documentaries of the year and of recent memory, also gaining an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song which surprising was performed by actress Scarlett Johansson.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer

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