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Chill Factor (1999)

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Critic Consensus: Claiming it fails on every level, critics had almost nothing good to say about this movie.

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In this action thriller, the only things standing in the way of world destruction are two guys in an ice cream truck. On a remote island in the South Pacific, a secret weapons project (code name "Elvis") goes wrong, and a new chemical weapon, safe when frozen but deadly when thawed, is allowed to escape. Eighteen soldiers are killed, leaving behind only the scientist who created the formula and the officer in charge of the project, who is saddled with most of the blame. Ten years later, Tim Mason (Skeet Ulrich) is working at a diner in Montana when an old friend, Dr. Richard Long (David Paymer), is seriously wounded by Maj. Andrew Brynner (Peter Firth). It seems that Dr. Long helped create Elvis and Maj. Brynner was the officer who took the fall for the disaster ten years ago. Near death, Long gives Elvis to Mason and tells him that it has to be kept solidly frozen and delivered to Fort Magruder, 90 miles away. But how to keep it at zero degrees until then? A logical solution presents itself when Arlo (Cuba Gooding Jr.), who drives an ice cream truck, makes a delivery to the diner. Mason drafts Arlo into helping him transport Elvis to safety, and before long Brynner's men are hot on the trail of the icy chemical weapon. First-time director Hugh Johnson learned his craft in part through his work as a cameraman for Ridley Scott: he was the cinematographer for White Squall and G.I. Jane.

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Cast

Skeet Ulrich
as Tim Mason
David Paymer
as Dr. Richard Long
Peter Firth
as Capt. Andrew Brynner
Daniel Hugh Kelly
as Col. Leo Vitelli
Jim Grimshaw
as Dep. Pappas
Richie Dye
as Ice Cream Andy
K. Addison Young
as Ranger at Dam
James Van Harper
as Ranger in Chopper
Tommy Smeltzer
as Deputy Art Lewis
Geoff Palmer
as Vitelli's Helicopter Pilot
Rhoda Griffis
as Pregnant Woman
Johnny Cenicola
as Little Boy
Larry Black
as Fat Man in Tunnel
Garrett Warren
as Bearded Biker
Stephen Robert
as Vitelli's Lieutenant
Quint Von Canon
as Crew Member No. 1
Bart Hansard
as Crew Member No. 2
Howard Carroll
as Volvo Driver
Johnell Gainy
as Ranger Seargeant at Tech Site
Martin Valinsky
as Big Ranger at Tech Site
Terry Loughlin
as Courtroom General
Bob Penny
as Motel Manager
Mike Davis
as Technician
Afemo Omilami
as Courtroom Colonel
Phillip DeVona
as Young Guard
Suzi Bass
as Darlene
Gordon A. Johnson
as Hardware Store Owner
Tim Dabbs
as Gomez's Pilot
Camden Dixon
as Mailman
Peter Mackenzie
as Technician
Wanda Acuna
as Medic No. 1
Erin Daniels
as Medic No. 2
Jason Cairns
as Male Medic
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Critic Reviews for Chill Factor

All Critics (76) | Top Critics (26)

This is a cookie-cutter buddy movie, as predictable as they come.

Full Review… | June 11, 2013
New York Daily News
Top Critic

As an unintentional send-up of the predictability and wretchedness of modern action-comedies, Chill Factor is hilarious. Sadly, however, no one involved seems to realize the silliness and transgressive stupidity of its sub-direct-to-video-thriller script.

Full Review… | June 11, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

Nobody questions this logic, but then there are a lot of logical gaps in this movie.

Full Review… | June 11, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The stunt work is pretty good, the brain work close to nonexistent.

Full Review… | March 7, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The atmosphere is winning, with the odd felicity peppering the journey with gags and groans.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Here's someone's idea of a cool movie concept: A couple of guys are speeding along in an ice-cream truck carrying a bomb that will explode if it gets above 50. No, not miles per hour -- degrees Fahrenheit!

March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Audience Reviews for Chill Factor

½

Let me start off by saying that "Speed" is one of my all-time favorite movies, and that "Chill Factor's" plot centers a lot around "Speed's" main idea. Luckily for me, a movie taking the formula of a much more successful and original movie hasn't ever bothered me as much as it does most of the movie critics, just as long as it's also a good movie, which "Chill Factor" is. Tim Mason (Skeet Ulrich) and the driver of a stolen ice cream truck, Arlo (Cuba Gooding Jr.), get tangled up in a plot in which they must keep a chemical weapon from blowing up and killing millions of people. If this chemical weapon that's called 'Elvis' gets up to 50º, it will literally explode instantly. But that's not all, they have a group of madmen that are tracking them down because they want to get a hold of Elvis. The chemical weapon Elvis, not the singer who a lot of people think is still alive and kicking. Even though "Chill Factor" is a ripoff of one of my favorite movies of all time, I have to admit that it is a very entertaining film. The script, plot, acting, and everything else about this movie is just average, but Cuba Gooding Jr. keeps it from being a dud. Throughout "Chill Factor," he is hilarious and like always, does a great job of acting. The other things that keep "Chill Factor" from being a not so good movie is that it's interesting and somewhat suspenseful at times. If you liked "Speed," or even if you don't, I recommend at least seeing "Chill Factor." NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001. Not bad for a "Speed" ripoff.

Jason Owens
Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

Ridiculous buddy thriller in which Cuba Gooding's ice cream delivery man gets roped into hauling unstable chemical weapons around in his truck, pursued by moustache twirling villain Peter Firth. It's obviously trash, but Gooding and Ulrich's good-natured banter keeps it watchable in a reasonably entertaining comic action no-brainer.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

½

Fine action with Skeet Ulrich and Cuba Gooding Jr. go on the lam with a deadly biological weapon to keep it out of the hands of a demented arms dealer. Stitched together from pieces of better movies including Speed and Raiders of the Lost Ark and hammered across with clumsy enthusiasm, the film quickly becomes noisy and overbearing.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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