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Chasing Ice

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Jeff Orlowski

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About the Movie

CHASING ICE is a "visually breathtaking" (Variety), Academy Award®-nominated feature documentary about one man's mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. It has been hailed by the public and critics alike as "The most important documentary of the year." (Detroit News) In the spring of 2005, acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment - to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth's changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change and a cynic about the nature of academic research. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history. Within months of his first trip to Iceland, Balog conceived the boldest expedition of his life - The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic, by helicopter, canoe, and dogsled, to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether, risking both his career and his well-being. As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for him to see the fruits of his labor. But his hauntingly beautiful videos compress those years into seconds. His Extreme Ice Survey captures ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. CHASING ICE depicts a heroic photojournalist doing everything in his power to deliver hope to our carbon-powered planet and contains "spectacular images of places few people have ever seen." (NPR)

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 68
  • Fresh: 65
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: If you're looking for eye-popping evidence that the world's glaciers are melting, don't miss the small-scale but spectacular documentary, Chasing Ice. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Dec 5, 2012

Fresh: Though the filmmaker's point of view on the matter seems quite clear, Orlowski does smartly acknowledge counterarguments against climate change without dwelling on them. – Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, Nov 22, 2012

Fresh: As much as one may intellectually believe in climate change, to see it actually happening has the power to stun a viewer into wordlessness. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Nov 15, 2012

Fresh: "Chasing Ice" aims to accomplish, with pictures, what all the hot air that has been generated on the subject of global warming hasn't been able to do: make a difference. – Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, Nov 16, 2012

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Customer Reviews


Good movie to educate people about climate change

A must-watch

This is one of the most inspiring and horrifying Eco-documentaries I've ever seen. It tells the story of what we are doing to our planet in a way that nobody ever has before. There's been plenty of graphs and charts explaining climate change, but being able to visually witness what is physically happening to the planet's temperature indicators (glaciers and ice caps), is an experience like no other.


One of the best moveis I have ever seen!!!!

Chasing Ice
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2012

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