Ice Age 4: Continental Drift

Film, Action and adventure
Ice Age 4: Continental Drift
Denis Leary and Jennifer Lopez voice some lovelorn sabretooth tigers in Ice Age: Continental Drift

This ‘Ice Age’ film explores similar – and sometimes similarly dreary – family-friendly themes of friendship and loyalty as its three predecessors, but it does so with such visual and aural pizazz that you can’t help but be swept along. There’s a mild educational spin too, especially during the film’s opening gambit about how our planet’s tectonic plates shifted to create today’s continents. It’s during one of these drifts that the film’s unlikely lads, Manny the mammoth, Diego the sabre-toothed tiger and Sid the comical sloth, find themselves separated from friends and family.

As on previous occasions, Blue Sky Studios’s lust for cruel, subversive Chuck Jones-style humour and mortality-related quips is very much to the fore, and there are some fabulous incidental delights along the way, especially a scene involving a disruptive new character called Captain Gutt (the voice of Peter Dinklage), who appears to have been modelled on Tim Curry’s Frank-N-Furter. Frivolous fun.

By: Derek Adams


Release details

Rated: U
Release date: Friday July 13 2012
Duration: 94 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Steve Martino, Michael Thurmeier
Cast: John Leguizamo
Seann William Scott
Jennifer Lopez
Jeremy Renner
Queen Latifah
Josh Peck
Ray Romano
Denis Leary

Average User Rating

2.8 / 5

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It wasn't that good I liked the 3 one was the best so I've only rated it 7/10 and only 3 star rating.

Much better the the awful Ice age 3 but still no winner. Couple of funny moments but lets end the saga now. Ice age 5 Armageddon

Enjoyed it quite a bit.......but that will do now thanks, or at least until fresher ideas are tabled. 3D impressive throughout. 6+/10

LOVED it. Not Pixar quality, but the best of this franchise by about a mile. Breaks no new ground, but mostly just a good, fun summer movie.

LOVED it. Not Pixar quality, but the best of this franchise by about a mile. Breaks no new ground, but mostly just a good, fun summer movie.

Ah the laws of diminshing returns. As most of the good jokes have already been told in the first three films the writers and directors seem to have followed the Happy Feet 2 trend of upping the "gangsta" and reducing the humour. There is lots of getting down with kids and very little genuine humour. There is enough irrelevant moving to the front and swooping of images to try to justify the extra £ 2 a ticket for a 3D but it really isn't worth it. If I had paid £ 10 for a 3D ticket I would have felt seriously ripped off. Even a £ 6 bargain matinee strikes me as too much for 90 minutes of a very average film. Wait for the DVD because £ 30 plus for a family ticket is not good value. Jusrt worth 2 stars.