The Ice Road Explained: What’s Up With the Ending?

“Ice Drift” / The Ice Road

Genre Thriller, Action
Directed by Jonathan Hensley
Cast: Liam Neeson (Mike), Laurence Fishburne (Jim Goldenrod), Holt McKalany (Rene Lampard), Amber Midthunder (Tantu), Matt McCoy (George Cycle), Marcus Thomas (Gurthy) and others.
Студии Code Entertainment, ShivHans Pictures, Envision Media Arts
Release year 2021
Site IMDb

When it seems that Liam Neeson has already set a record by playing in an incredible number of action films, a new action featuring the actor appears on the big screens. This time it’s the story of an experienced truck driver who looks after his brother with PTSD and is just looking for a regular job that will give the two of them a steady income. But it was not there. He will have to take part in the rescue operation and at the same time punish the villains who do not put human life in anything.

The events of the film unfold in the Canadian province, where, as a result of an explosion that occurred in a mine, people were blocked underground. An urgent evacuation is needed, but this requires daredevils who can transport the necessary equipment across the frozen highway. This is extremely dangerous – the ice can melt in the sun or crack under the weight of a large load. Mike (Liam Neeson) is not afraid of risks and takes on this job, which will soon awaken in him anger and a desire for revenge.


Together with the main character, a few more trucks will go on a dangerous road. They will be led by an experienced leader (Laurence Fishburne) and a local girl (Amber Midthunder) pursuing her own interests. Together they are a good team that can deliver the goods at the appointed time, but there are obstacles that they do not yet know about, starting to move through the frozen water.

The Ice Road was directed and written by Jonathan Hensley – this name may not be very well known, but you definitely know his work. He co-wrote the 1995 adventure film Jumanji and also wrote the fantasy drama Armageddon. One of Hensley’s last works was the crime-biographical film “The Irishman” (Kill the Irishman), released in 2011. After that, Jonathan took a creative break, participating in only one project – he helped rewrite the story for the new Jumanji (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle).


So the film The Ice Road was for Jonathan Hensley a return to the world of cinema. By the way the plot of the action movie develops, it is noticeable that the screenwriter still gravitates towards the tendencies of cinema from the 90s, arranging the trip of the heroes according to the classical scheme. Of course, there is nothing bad in this, someone will even like such a formulation of the question. There is no social agenda in the film, and the characters are completely ordinary people with a mundane profession and simple dreams who do not turn into superheroes (but they can boast of enviable stamina, in action movies there is nowhere without it).


In Ice Drift’s twists and turns, Jonathan Hensley also uses time-tested techniques that have become rather predictable clichés over the past thirty years. But since the story is very mundane, then the stakes here are not at all on a shocking denouement, but on the process of passing a dangerous road, which at any moment can present a deadly surprise.

Even if the description of the film seems a little boring, The Ice Road is another consistently good performance by Liam Neeson. It guarantees that the viewer, whatever the plot, will sympathize with the main character, worrying about his life (especially at the moments when he famously fights, releasing the steering wheel of a truck moving forward at high speed).

Pros: Liam Neeson has to his character; danger of passing an ice track; down-to-earth heroes Cons: 90s clichés that can predict events Conclusion:

an old-fashioned action movie that will want to watch those who absolutely do not want to go to the new “Fast and the Furious” and other similar novelties in the action genre.

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