- 1 hr 30 min
Icebreaker is a 2000 action thriller film that stars Sean Astin, Bruce Campbell, and Stacy Keach. Written and directed by David Giancola, the film takes place on an oil rig in the middle of the ocean, where a team of terrorists has taken control and threatens to blow up the rig with explosives. The only hope for the rig workers and the US government is a team of Navy SEALs led by Matt Foster (played by Sean Astin).
The movie begins with a team of terrorists led by Carl Greig (played by Stacy Keach) infiltrating the oil rig nicknamed Thunderball. They take control of the rig and set explosives to blow it up, demanding a large ransom from the US government. Meanwhile, on land, Matt Foster is being court-martialed for disobeying orders during a mission in Bosnia. However, before his sentence can be carried out, he is recruited by Admiral Hansen (played by Bruce Campbell) to lead a team of Navy SEALs to rescue the rig workers and stop the terrorists.
Fosterâs team consists of his longtime friend and fellow SEAL Jim (played by John Doman), as well as a group of young and inexperienced SEALs. They parachute onto the rig and quickly engage in a firefight with the terrorists. The majority of the movie is spent with the SEALs fighting to take back the rig while also trying to disarm the explosives that would cause an environmental disaster if detonated.
While the SEALs are fighting on the rig, there are also scenes showing the US governmentâs attempts to negotiate with the terrorists. These scenes involve tense phone conversations between Admiral Hansen and Greig, with each side trying to gain the upper hand.
The movie is filled with action scenes, including gunfights, explosions, and hand-to-hand combat. One of the most memorable scenes involves Foster engaging in a fight with Greig on top of a moving helicopter.
Despite the action-packed nature of the movie, there is also some emotional depth. Foster is dealing with guilt over a mission gone wrong in Bosnia, and there is tension between him and Jim regarding their different views on the mission. Additionally, there are moments of humanizing the terrorists, particularly a scene where one of the terrorists breaks down in tears when he realizes the impact of his actions on innocent lives.
The movie is not without its flaws, however. The special effects, particularly in the scenes involving the explosives, appear dated by todayâs standards. Some of the acting, particularly from the young SEALs, can also be wooden at times. However, the strengths of the movie, including the fast-paced action and strong performances from Astin, Campbell, and Keach, make up for any weaknesses.
In conclusion, Icebreaker is a thrilling action movie that delivers on the promise of its premise. While it may not be a critically acclaimed masterpiece, it is a fun and engaging movie that will satisfy fans of the genre. The performances from the lead actors, particularly Sean Astin, elevate the movie beyond what could have been a run-of-the-mill action movie. If youâre looking for a movie with explosions, gunfights, and a high-stakes rescue mission, Icebreaker is worth checking out.