Real science takes as much of a beating as Scrat, everyone’s favorite sado-masochistic rodent, in “Ice Age: Collision Course.” So much so, the filmmakers behind this fifth character-jammed và decidedly jumbled outing in the glacial animated franchise felt the need lớn recruit astrophysicist Neil de
Grasse Tyson (both as a narrator and in weasel guise, complete with his trademark corona of hair, soulful Teddy-bear eyes & facial fuzz) to explain how our solar system came into existence.

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We are told there is a “dumber” reason than is usually believed, and that is where a certain calamity-prone squirrel rat comes in. Scrat wordlessly ping-pongs about the galaxy like a bushy-tailed, fang-toothed version of Sandra Bullock in “Gravity” after his ever-elusive acorn causes him to lớn catapult into outer space aboard an alien craft. As a result, the planets collide into one another lượt thích billiard balls while he leaves a trail of cosmic chaos in his frantic wake while once more engaging in his Sisyphean pursuit of his precious nut.

As is often the case with the “Ice Age” movies, the jittery furball mascot of xanh Sky Studios who recalls such physically adroit silent stars of yore as Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd as if directed by Tex Avery continues lớn be the highlight of these comical returns lớn the prehistoric era. He is a constant who never gives up, never learns and never achieves his goal. & the animators continue to take perverse delight in concocting new inventive ways lớn torture him, even giving his acorn a bit more anthropomorphic presence than usual.

This time, Scrat is also the catalyst for the rest of the tale by inadvertently causing a gargantuan flaming asteroid to lớn hurtle towards Earth that could possibly destroy the entire world. But that catastrophe is put on the back burner for a while as the members of the series’ so-called Herd put in their appearances. Ray Romano once again morosely mumbles his way through the mammalian antics as Manny the woolly mammoth. His current dilemma is as old as time itself, or at least TV’s first family sitcom: He doesn’t think his happy-go-lucky son-in-law-to-be, Julian (Adam Devine), is good enough for daughter Peaches (Keke Palmer).

As for Sid the sloth, whose sloppy lisp is one again provided by John Leguizamo, he is heartbroken after Francine (Melissa Rauch), his Jersey Girl crush, rejects his marriage proposal—one that arrives just 14 minutes into their first date. She adds insult khổng lồ injury by noting, “You look nothing lượt thích your profile pic-sha.” Meanwhile, Denis Leary và Jennifer Lopez are granted the lamest storyline as sabre-tooth tiger Diego & mate Shira fret that they might not be able to have children since their fierce appearance tends khổng lồ scare kids. Really? Wouldn’t their spawn be equally frightening?

Clearly, the makers of the “Ice Age” series are running out of ideas for the main trio. They have to lớn maintain the resonating, heartfelt premise—you don’t have to lớn be related or even the same species lớn be a family—that is primarily responsible for the previous four flicks grossing an astonishing $2.8 billion worldwide total. But “Collision Course” attempts to lớn solve its sequel fatigue by giving more screen time to lớn side characters from previous chapters và promoting Brit wit Simon Pegg’s hyperactive one-eyed swashbuckling weasel Buck into a breakout status, as he và a trio of nefarious flying dinosaurs escape from the lost world featured in the third “Ice Age” film.

Not only does Buck come bearing an ancient, carved column that holds the key khổng lồ halting the asteroid, but he pulls a Kate Mc
Kinnon here in the weirdness department. The impish Ghostbuster is probably kicking herself that she never thought of toting a pet pumpkin around in a Baby Bjorn or launching into Figaro’s aria from “The Barber of Seville” in a robust performance worthy of pint-size Pavarotti.

Other distractions that offer varying levels of amusement arrive in the khung of goofy opossums Crash và Eddie (Seann William Scott & Josh Peck), the type who giggle when they say the word “duty,” và Sid’s feisty Granny (Wanda Sykes), who is given lớn such observations as, “That plan is so dumb I wish it had a face so I could smack it!”

But what appears to be an anything-goes philosophy when it comes lớn the narrative suddenly takes a turn at the cross section of Incense and Peppermints when we arrive in Geotopia, a hippie-dippy tên miền of perpetual youth maintained by the presence of magic crystals, which are the key to stopping the asteroid. Probably the weirdest conception is the Shangri Llama (Jesse Tyler Ferguson—apparently, there now is a law that at least one major cast member from “Modern Family” is required lớn be a voice in every animated film this summer), the spiritual leader of this tribe of yoga enthusiasts who exhibits the spitting prowess of a major league pitcher as he presides over his tribe.

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Don’t be distracted by the eye-pleasing purple and lavender hues that have been added lớn the typically chilly màu sắc palette. This plot is as disjointed as it sounds. You’ve got Scrat as a reluctant astronaut, a pending wedding, a possible apocalyptic disaster, visitors from another prehistoric era & ‘60s-style flower children. It’s almost as if the writers were simply using ideas left over from other “Ice Age” scripts that are about as fresh as the wind beneath Sid’s fleas, khổng lồ quote one of the sloth’s pickup lines. It also is a signal that the concept’s extinction date is about khổng lồ expire, but I hope Scrat never ends his impossible quest to possess his acorn, whether in another format or just in my imagination.

Unoriginal và unfunny, Ice Age: Collision Course offers further proof that not even the healthiest box office receipts can keep a franchise from slouching toward creative extinction. Read critic đánh giá

Ice Age: Collision Course (2016)
Ice Age: Collision Course (2016)
A scene from "Ice Age: Collision Course."

Manny the mammoth starts to worry when his daughter Peaches announces her engagement. Still unlucky in love, Sid the sloth volunteers to lớn plan the couple"s wedding. Khổng lồ Manny"s dismay, nothing can stop the upcoming nuptials, except maybe the end of the world. When Scrat accidentally launches himself into outer space, he sets off a chain reaction that sends an asteroid hurtling toward Earth. Now, the entire herd must leave home to explore new lands and save itself from Scrat"s cosmic blunder.

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Rating: PG (Some Action/Peril|Mild Rude Humor)

Genre: Kids & family, Comedy, Adventure, Animation

Original Language: English

Release Date (Theaters): Jul 22, năm 2016 wide

Release Date (Streaming): Sep 30, năm nhâm thìn

Box Office (Gross USA): $64.0M

Runtime: 1h 34m

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Production Co: xanh Sky Studios

Sound Mix: Dolby Atmos

Aspect Ratio: Scope (2.35:1)

Cast & Crew

Ray Romano

Manny Voice

John Leguizamo

Sid Voice

Denis Leary

Diego Voice

Adam De

Julian Voice

Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Shangri Llama Voice

Max Greenfield

Roger Voice

Jessie J

Brooke Voice

Nick Offerman

Gavin Voice

Keke Palmer

Peaches Voice

Josh Peck

Eddie Voice

Simon Pegg

Buck Voice

Seann William Scott

Crash Voice

Wanda Sykes

Granny Voice

Jennifer Lopez

Shira Voice

Queen Latifah

Ellie Voice

Stephanie Beatriz

Gretie Voice

Neil de
Grasse Tyson

Neil de
Buck Weasel Voice

Lilly Singh

Misty, Bubbles Voice

Michael Strahan

Teddy Voice

Melissa Rauch

Francine Voice

Mike Thurmeier


Galen T. Chu


Michael Wilson


Michael Berg


Yoni Brenner


Chris Wedge

Executive Producer

Carlos Saldanha

Executive Producer

Lori Forte


Renato Falcão


James Palumbo

Film Editing

John Debney

Original Music

Mike Knapp

Art Director

Christian Kaplan


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