Friday, April 26, 2013

Hypothermia (2010)

I'm not sure what to make of this movie.  It has two recognizable stars, Michael Rooker and Blanche Baker, and has a pretty kickass location on Sacandaga Lake in upstate New York (holla!)  But the creature in this movie was completely ridiculous.  Like, I spent an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out if it was supposed to be a joke, or some sort of tongue in cheek sort of thing.  I still don't know.

Hypothermia is about a family on an ice-fishing vacation -- dad Ray (Michael Rooker), mom Helen (Blanche Baker), son David (Ben Forster) and future daughter in law Gina (Amy Chang).  Ray looks much forward to this trip, and even goes seeking out a spot while it is still nighttime.  This results in his almost-demise, and in the awakening of a dormant creature under the ice. 

The next day, with Ray fully healed and warmed up, the crew takes to the frozen lake.  Their humble fishing area is soon interrupted by a loud father and son pair toting a top-of-the-line fishing trailer.  With their lame sandwiches and lack of beer, the family seems a little put off by the new arrivals.  However, once they both spot the ominous creature under the ice, they decide to join forces to eliminate it.

I am not joking when I say this creature was just SO lameballs.  SPOILER.

Like, what?  What is this even supposed to be?  It's played by a person in a costume.  They are credited at the end of the movie.  Seriously, no.

So all in all, this was a somewhat interesting concept, with a great location. But the reveal of the creature just fell flat, and the acting was pretty meh.  Luckily this was short (only a little over an hour), so if you're desperate to see the awesome lake creature in action, check it out on Netflix instant.