MOVIE REVIEW: Ice Age: Collision Course (2016)

Directed by Mike Thurmeier and Galen T. Chu

Now in their fifth installment, Ice Age movies can’t seem to run out of ideas for the prehistoric trio (Manny, Diego and Sid). But not all stories compliments the adventures of the previous ones just because they have something new to offer. Ice Age: Collision Course is fun for what it is, and even more so because of the puns in the film which are many.

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs was the most fun installment of the Ice Age franchise, while it may not be the best, having Buck (Simon Pegg) in the cast is a delightful addition to the story. The franchise story really is forgettable, but enjoyable in the moment. What makes a mark though are the characters, even Scrat, the saber-toothed squirrel does make an impact and will make you think of Ice Age movies in an instant once you see it. That may be the reason the franchise keeps on making an installment, and now on its fifth.

The fifth Ice Age movie, Collision Course is a harmless entertainment for the whole family. It’s fun at times, colorful and ingenious in using puns most of the time. But it doesn’t quite feel to be big enough to actually exist, not that it’s bad, it’s just that sequels are supposed to be told because there is a bigger story than its predecessor. But maybe sequels today have this standard story that an idea is enough. But it’s endearing that it inserts family values and other inspiring life decisions to add juice to its story.

“They’re going out with a bang” is the film’s tagline but aside from offering bangs visually, there’s not enough “bang” for the fifth Ice Age movie to stay in you for a long time.

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2.5 Stars

“Ice Age: Collision Course” opens July 6, 2016 in Philippine cinemas, also available in 3D. Locally distributed by 20th Century Fox through Warner Bros. Pictures.

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