Ep. 20: “Icebreaker” (2000)

This episode is the last in our “Winter-Dunder-Land” theme month, and we’re finishing it off with the 2000 David Giancola film “Icebreaker.” Here’s the skinny: I love it, Dave hated it, and Lad thought it was just so-so.

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If you don’t remember the director of this film, David Giancola, then you’ve never seen his film Tangents or, as it’s more widely known, Time Chasers. 

Anyway, this one has a few more recognizable faces. Here they are:

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Astin plays a ski patroller who wants to marry Stacy Keach’s daughter, shown below:

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Stacy Keach doesn’t think he’s good enough for her, so it’s a darned good thing there are some terrorists bearing down on the Killington Ski resort (where he works) to give him a chance to show he’s a worthy husband-type. The resort has a sad face. I can only assume that’s because it’s sentient and prescient and knows what’s about to happen.

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The main terrorist is Bruce Campbell. He has some kind of illness in the film — Alopecia I think.Image

There are a few lesser known faces that round out the cast. There’s this guy, who’s surprisingly adept at killing terrorists even though he’s also comic relief. 

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There’s this guy, the hotel manager, who’s also surprisingly adept at killing terrorists once he raids an inexplicably unsecured SWAT van and grabs a gun.

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Anyway, the whole plot revolves around this thing:

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and Sean Astin snowboards his way to victory:

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Then he saves his girlfriend from a gondola with a bomb on it:

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Then the crazy hotel manager saves them from a slow-moving bulldozer type thing:

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But wait! There’s still Bruce Campbell, and he’s got a thing!

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Don’t worry, Stacy Keach also has a thing for some reason and he explodes Campbell.

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Anyway, the movie has a happy ending, if you consider marriage a happy ending. About half of all people who’ve been married do not. 

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After you’re finished with the podcast, head on over to our audio commentary tracks page and listen to us watch the movie. After that, go play outside, but bring a sweater; there are terrorists out there.

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