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100 Degrees Below Zero

By MITCH LILLIE
[ONE NIGHT ONLY, DIRECTOR ATTENDING] Visit the Clinton Street Theater’s website, and you’ll find this description of 100 Degrees Below Zero: “After freak climate and weather events destroy the world around them, a group of rogue scientists attempt to reverse the deadly new ice age.” People who read this may incorrectly assume that the 2004 super-disaster flick The Day After Tomorrow was being ironically revived. Most people wouldn’t be entirely wrong, because 100 Degrees Below Zero is a nearly identical disaster movie. Instead of Dennis Quaid, there’s John Rhys-Davies, who played Gimli the dwarf in the Lord of the Rings films. 100 Degrees will make anyone a backseat editor, as most of the scenes are filled with useless dialogue begging to be cut. It’s not clear whether this is an under-the-top parody or an actually shitty movie. (Portland screenwriter H. Perry Horton will be in attendance at the screening. Maybe we’ll ask him.) One character karate-kicks a giant falling hailstone, Robert Rodriguez favorite Jeff Fahey stars as a honeymooning dad, and on three separate occasions, characters inexplicably ask to be put on speaker phone. The film was shot on location in Paris and Budapest, but Old World charm can’t hussy up this old hag. The characters themselves best describe my opinions: “I don’t like to engage in hyperbole, but...” begins one. “My God, this is an unimaginable catastrophe,” says another. And finally: “This is like a silly joke.”
 

Special Note

Clinton Street Theater. 11 pm Friday, April 12
 
  • Genres: Action, Science fiction
  • Running Time: 90 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • Critic's Score: D
  • Starring: John Rhys-Davies [Ralph Dillard], Jeff Fahey [Steve], Sara Lane [Taryn], Ivan Kamaras [Prof. Goldschein], Tamas Lengyel [Claude], Andray Johnson [Jackson], Jordan Smith [Dr. Oppemheim], Judit Fekete [Lacey], Marc Ewins [Ryan], Zsófi Trecskó [Angelique]
  • Directed by: R.D. Braunstein [Director], H. Horton [Screenwriter], Richard Schenkman [Screenwriter], Paul Bales [Producer], David Michael Latt [Producer], David Rimawi [Executive Producer], Chris Ridenhour [Original Music], Ben Demaree [Cinematographer], Vincent Albo [Art Director]
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