The end of the ice road explained
theEnding Explained is a recurring series in which we explore the endings, secrets, and themes of interesting, new and old movies and shows. This time, we consider the end of the Netflix movie The Ice Road. Yes, be prepared for spoilers.
If there is a lesson to be learned Jonathan hensleigh‘s the Ice cream Roadis that if you put Liam neeson in a truck on an expanse of melting ice with an insanely tight window to complete a life or death mission, horrible stuff is going to drop.
Netflix’s film On The Road Goes Wrong follows Mike (Neeson), a rough-edged trucker, a toothpick in his mouth, and his mechanic brother Gurty (Marcus thomas) after being called in on a relentless mission to recover miners from a collapsed Manitoba diamond mine. There’s a catch though: the only way to reach the miners in time is to drive heavy trucks over miles of frozen lake water that is already starting to melt. But how much can it really to be?
Pretty tough, it turns out. And because pushing back the elements wasn’t hard enough, Mike and Gurty find themselves trapped in an elaborate web of deception on the road. It becomes clear that those overseeing the mine paid their workers to turn off the gas sensors downstairs because they knew the work was dangerous but still wanted to pull those diamonds out. This led to the explosion, which in turn leaves the suits racing. cover themselves by sending one of their own, Varnay (Benjamin walker), on the rescue mission with the truckers. He tells others that he is just an insurer. His real The goal, however, is to make sure the mission fails so that none of the miners live to tell the tale of their boss’s misdeeds.
But when it comes to a failed mission, Mike isn’t the right guy for the job. In The ice roadThe gripping final act of, Mike manages to trap Varnay in a truck as he falls through the ice, and Gurty is crushed between another truck and the door of a bridge.
It is now owned by the remaining survivors, Mike and Tantoo (Amber Middle of Thunder), to complete the mission. So they rush towards the mine and arrive just in time. The miners make it out alive and spread the issue that those responsible are putting their lives in danger. Good wins and evil is punished. The family is reunited (Tantoo’s brother was one of the miners) and friendships grow stronger. In the second to last heartwarming blow at the end of The ice road, Mike drives off in a new truck with a license plate that says, “TRK TRK TRK” – a name Gurty jokingly gave to their platform during the mission.
On its surface, The ice road appears to be just a fun game of a high stakes disaster action flick. But he has a little more to say than that. Perhaps the most prevalent theme in the film is that of family. Indeed, it’s a movie with cool stunts and deliciously frustrating roadblocks at every turn. But more than anything, it is a film about the importance and the durability of family ties. The first thing presented to us in The ice road is the relationship between Mike and Gurty. It is indeed frustrating: Gurty is an Iraq war veteran and suffers from PTSD and aphasia. Because of this, it is difficult for him to keep a job, and as the primary caretaker, it also makes it difficult for Mike to keep a job.
Of course, this is aggravating for Mike. Halfway through the film, Mike unleashes his frustration on his brother, cruelly screaming at him how much of a burden he is. But when Gurty later dies, Mike realizes that his brother is the most important thing in his life. Maybe this awareness comes too late. But with Gurty’s tragic demise comes new motivation for Mike’s demise. As Tantoo later put it, âGurty died for the miners to live. Mike’s love for his brother drives him to selflessness which gives him the final push to save family members from others.
And Mike isn’t the only one whose family dedication makes him a better-equipped lifeguard. Tantoo also has high stakes in this matter, as his brother is trapped in the mines. Perhaps it is no coincidence that the two people who survive the mission and prevail over evil also have strong family ties that consciously or unconsciously motivate them along the way.
Under the surface of The ice road, however, lies a somewhat more sinister message. While the villains in the film appear to be overly dramatized caricatures of evil, there is actually an air of truth to their characters. Diamond miners are noticeably underpaid, and small-scale diamond miners are often hired without full training, or even proper mining equipment, making them much more vulnerable to accidents, injuries and even death. Sometimes the most terrifying disaster movies are those about preventable disasters, and this is certainly the case with The ice road.
Another relevant reminder The ice road brings with it, ultimately, how much we love to watch disaster movies like catharsis during times of adversity. During the pandemic, a number of disaster-centric films topped the box office charts, such as Wonder Woman 1984, Godzilla vs. Kong, and Principle, while the disaster film Greenland was a success on VOD. It’s no secret that people like to distract themselves from less than ideal news. And if that includes learning a thing or two about family values ââ- as well as watching Liam Neeson crawl over the side of a moving ice cream truck – then, hey, we’re all about that.
The ice road is now streaming on Netflix. Check out our review here.