Retro Review: Chill Factor

Hollywood gives us a chill as the summer draws to a close. In this formula action picture we find that the US Government has created a form of nitroglycerine that explodes when it gets above 50 degrees.

The new explosives’ creator (David Paymer) escapes a hit squad and gives it to a “drifter” (Skeet Ulrich) and an “ice cream delivery guy”
(Cuba Gooding Jr).

Okay, first of all we have a movie oozing rip-offs of previous action films ranging from Lethal Weapon to Speed. The movie’s script leaves a little to be desired but it’s the direction, the chemistry of Ulrich and Gooding and Peter Firth’s vicious villain.

It isn’t often in a formula action film where we actually witness the pain and eventual dementia of the film’s villain.

Chill Factor’s villain is the only character we actually get a detailed analysis of. Ulrich and Gooding are cute and have the typical good guy roles who happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Some other problems I had were the explosive themselves. Just how unstable is it? Because it gets flung all over the place and ice cream sandwiches mixed with ice are supposed to keep it below 50 degrees.

Well check your brain at the door and cheer with the audience and you might just find yourself liking this film.

(3 out of 5)

So Says the Soothsayer.

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