ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE
Direction: Mike Thurmeier and Galen T Chu
Voices: Ray Romano, Simon Pegg, John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez
Rating: 1.5 / 5
The law of diminishing returns appears to have caught up with one of the biggest franchises in animation history. So if you’re looking for a bit of weekend cheer along the lines of the earlier installments of the Ice Age series, you will need to look elsewhere.
The people behind …Collision Course have clearly run out of ideas and are merely attempting to cash in on a tried-and-tested formula.
In the fifth go-around, the focus is on the danger posed to the family of the woolly mammoth (Romano, reprising his voice role) and their prehistoric cohorts by a giant asteroid hurtling towards their habitat.
The generic plot is set in motion by the franchise’s bulge-eyed mascot. In his dogged pursuit of an ever-elusive acorn, the unnamed squirrel-rat hybrid is catapulted into outer space, where he accidentally sets off the series of cosmic events responsible for the herd’s eventual dilemma.
Aside from the antics of the silent squirrel, British actor Simon Pegg, who voices the resourceful one-eyed weasel, provides the only moments of delight in an otherwise dull comedy.
Co-directors Thurmeier and Chu rely too heavily on slapstick shenanigans to keep the proceedings clipping along. Despite their combined efforts, the film never achieves the sense of fun or genuine excitement that marked some of the earlier editions.
The filmmakers depend far too heavily on the affability of the A-list voice cast, which includes John Leguizamo as the lovelorn sloth, Queen Latifah as the mammoth’s missus, and Jennifer Lopez in the role of the middle-aged white tigress.
All things considered …Collision Course barely manages to skate by on increasingly thin ice.