On the Ice Reviews
This movie does well what a lot of other similar type movies in this genre does, play up suspense of who will turn on each other, how close is an outsider to learning the truth, do they already know and are they just toying with you.
However, I feel some of the acting felt a bit wooden at times. Nothing too distracting, but it's something I noticed. Yet, the landscape, visuals, and cast, all of whom are native Alaskans, gives the film a much needed fresh feel about it. They truly elevate it from being and bland run of the mill movie to one much more memorable.
You have to commend any movie that takes us any place that we rarely see to meet people we would never have any contact with otherwise which is what "On the Ice" does quite well. In this Alaskan village, there is a tight-knit community where traditions are starting to fade, just as the youth feel they are trapped by limited opportunities, leading to underage drinking. For the record, this is also kind of simplistic and if you want to shock me with teenage drinking, then you are thirty years too late. But the movie manages to just twist the usual pardigms enough to make it interesting. Just remember. Stay in school and don't do drugs.
I really didn't know what the story line was when I went to see the movie, and was surprised with the direction it went, I left the theater knowing this was the most accurate representation of life as it is for some in the rural parts of the north.
I live in Nome Ak. and have grown kinda tired of seeing northern life as Hollywood likes to present it.
I thought the acting was excellent! Probably not as polished as professionals, but so much more accurate!
Great movie, I'll go see it again!