Review of 'Ice Age: Collision Course'

5th film in the 'Ice Age' series

ice_age_collision_course.jpg Scrat's endless pursuit of elusive acorns finds himself inside a UFO long frozen in the ice that eventually takes him into space and unwittingly sending a series of asteroids in the direction of earth. Meanwhile, mammoths Manny (voiced by Ray Romano) and Ellie (voiced by Queen Latifah) are preparing upcoming marriage between their daughter Peaches (voiced by Keke Palmer) and her fiancé, the somewhat dim-whited, though warm hearted, Julian (voiced by Adam Devine). Sid (voiced by John Leguizamo) the sloth is determined to marry another sloth named Francine (voice of Melissa Rauch) despite having only had a 14-minute date while sabretooth tiger Diego (voice of Denis Leary) and his wife Shira (voice of Jennifer Lopez) contemplate children of their own. After several of the asteroids hit the planet and interrupt Manny and Ellie's anniversary party the herd meet up with Buck the weasel (voiced by Simon Pegg) who has discovered that every few thousand years the asteroids return, hitting the same spot every time. Buck shares an (insane) idea that he believes will stop this from happening again, but do they have enough time to stop Armageddon?

Once again we are thrown into the disappointing world of Ice Age sequels. Sure, the cast all make a welcome return but the story is yet another “save the world” affair but we have to wait for them to walk to the right place first. There is the welcome return of manic weasel Buck as well as a intriguing cameo by physicist and television presenter Neil deGrasse Tyson as Neil deBuck Weasel (disturbingly talking a lot of scientific nonsense). It just seems like more of the same as we are following the same characters through their lives like soap opera but with a bit of planetary disaster thrown in to keep our interest. It doesn't entirely succeed.

Despite the return of the lovable herd, the Ice Age series is getting to be a bit boring. There are a few amusing moments but otherwise it is more of the same…Meh.

Rating: “Average, but who wants to be average?”

Review Date: 2021-10-04

Directed by: Mike Thurmeier and Galen T. Chu

Studio: Blue Sky Studios

Year: 2016

Length: 94 minutes

Genre: Animation