'Ice Age: Collision Course' - Movie Review

Updated: Jul 25, 2016, 10:02 IST | Johnson Thomas |

The ideation of 'Ice Age: Collision Course' is suspect, the science isn't elegantly rendered, comic relief is minimal, the scripting takes the plot to outer-space and beyond and the dialogues don't really have the lightness of being exemplified by the first few outings

'Ice Age: Collision Course'
U; Animation-Comedy
Director: Michael Thurmeier
Cast: Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah, Wanda Sykes, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Simon Pegg, Jennifer Lopez
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Scrat, the saber-toothed squirrel, continues to leave his mark on the world around him, this time round he gets into a space ship following his ever elusive acorn and sets the course for a collision that loosely re-imagines the Big Bang Theory. Meanwhile his friends on planet earth are trying to fend-off what seems like inevitable - the extinction of a species following yet another environmental catastrophe.

Watch the trailer of 'Ice Age : Collision Course'

This is a franchise that has done its duty for the studio, amassing $2.8 billion over the last four editions in the 15 years that has passed. So one more sc(r)atter-brained effort appears to be a little too much. The ideation is suspect, the science isn’t elegantly rendered, comic relief is minimal, the scripting takes the plot to outer-space and beyond and the dialogues don’t really have the lightness of being exemplified by the first few outings. This effort appears to be one more for the record since there’s no really great idea fuelling its ‘reverse’ ideology.

It almost feels like watching the same old ‘Tom and Jerry’ re-run without the revered enthusiasm or excitement of yore. The animation is just as lustrously endowed and elastic as previously exhibited but the intellectual paucity inherent in this rendering is quite deflating. The rambunctious animals of the prequels might be embarking on an all-new world-changing journey but the sense of adventure and fun is completely missing. Even the woolly mammoth Manny and his broods’ domestic estrangements feel too put-on. There are far too many extraneous characters trying to get the fat out of the fire here. Scrat’s misadventures in outer space collide with Manny (Ray Romano), Ellie (Queen Latifah), Peaches (Keke Palmer), Julian (Adam Devine) and swash-buckling heroic weasel Buck (Simon Pegg)’s attempts to reverse a seemingly irreversible phenomenon - the atmospheric catastrophe brought on by outer space collision leading to a shower of meteorites that could change the entire course of life on planet earth. And then there’s several veering offs into intermittent side-shows that detract attention from the main theme. So there’s really not much take home here other than a few stray moments of elastic levity. It certainly appears from the lack of surprises here, that this franchise has outlived its fly-by date!

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