Liam Neeson playing an ice road trucker leading the charge to save the lives of some trapped diamond miners? Sure, I’m in. What can I say, I’m a sucker for these Neeson thrillers that often feel unmistakably similar minus a few small story details. “The Ice Road” actually does feel a little different. While the new trailer doesn’t rule out gunfights, violent antagonists, a special forces background, etc., it does see Neeson showing off a very different ‘particular set of skills’. Namely handling a big-rig across 300 miles of frozen highways, thawing lakes, and collapsing bridges. As I said, I’m in.
“The Ice Road” is written and directed by Jonathan Hensleigh whose last film was 2011’s “Kill the Irishman”. Here he puts together a movie that seems right up Neeson’s alley. It also stars Laurence Fishburne, Holt McCallany, and Amber Midthunder. The trailer alone lets us know that everything that can go wrong will go wrong. And with only thirty hours of air left before the miners suffocate we are ensured a steady race-against-the-clock element. So we’re given a good idea of what to expect and that’s more than enough for me.
“The Ice Road” opens June 25th on Netflix. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.