Ice Age: Collision Course

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Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego, and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, travelling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters.

Ice Age: Collision Course is the fifth installment of the long running Ice Age franchise, starring Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Simon Pegg, Jennifer Lopez and Queen Latifa. To be perfectly honest I am dreading this review; not because Ice Age is a poor movie or lacks anything the previous four had to offer. Instead, my dread is based on the fact that Ice Age: Collision Course is the same movie that has been produced each and every previous time. The original Ice Age movie plotted as “pending world-ending disaster causing the Ice Age gang to have to make an epic trek to escape/save the world from said apocalypse, all while trying to mend a personal relationship along the way.” Ice Age 2, 3, and 4 follow this same formula and sadly Ice Age: Collision Course does not deviate from this path.

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As I said before Ice Age: Collision Course is not a bad movie. It is done well and the kids are going to enjoy it.  However, the chauffeur’s (also known as the parents) may find this a bit tedious and boring. Kids seem to enjoy the familiar but adults will certainly grow weary of the shampoo, rinse and repeat method employed by its makers. It will come across as a tad lazy. So, should you go see this in the theaters? Tough question to answer. It is fine to go see it in theaters or if you just want to wait until it releases to Blu-Ray or one of the premium pay cable channels. With a 50-50 endorsement I would give it a 2 1/2 stars being that there is nothing new or special to make this one stand out.

**Bonus under 10 year old review**
Ice Age: Collision Course was awesome. Dad, can we go see it again next weekend? Pleeeeze? My favorite parts had Scrat in them. Can we buy the Blu-Ray when it comes out?” So there you have it and after I watched this with my son and a friend of his it was quite obvious the kids will really like it. If you are a parent this is perfect fair to kill a few hours on a hot weekend afternoon. I’m still keeping it at 2 1/2 stars though.  Oh, and before I go…There is a sixth installment on the books, expect the same movie again. Sorry.

Ice Age: Collision Course

2.5/5

2.5-stars

Don Powers

About Don Powers

I have been into movies since I was a young boy. 'Star Wars' got me hooked, which I saw when I was 7. My all time favorite movie is 'A Pure Formality' with Gérard Depardieu and Roman Polanski. It is a little known French film that I saw in 1994. That being said I do enjoy a robust variety of differing genres of film. My favorite actors and what I consider their best roles are Gregory Peck (To Kill a Mockingbird), Gary Oldman (Leon, the Professional and Tinker, Tailer, Soldier, Spy) and Sam Rockwell (Moon). I have been called overly critical of the movies I watch but I believe that puts me in alignment with the majority of the American movie going audience.