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Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D
The cast: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott, Jennifer Lopez, Drake, Nicki Minaj
The crew: Steve Martino, Mike Thurmeier (Directors)
Karachi: Atrium Cinema, Universe Cineplex
The Plot: Scrat's nutty pursuit of the cursed acorn, which he's been after since the dawn of time, has world-changing consequences - a continental cataclysm that triggers the greatest adventure of all for Manny, Diego and Sid. In the wake of these upheavals, Sid reunites with his cantankerous Granny, and the herd encounters a ragtag menagerie of seafaring pirates determined to stop them from returning home.
The Buzz: “Crowd-pleasing to a fault, the fourth installment of the seemingly endless Ice Age franchise is easily as charming as the previous three, though with a double dose of extra spice via some teen topicality and a lot of high-seas action.”
– Jim Schembri, 3AW
“The wordless interludes featuring Scrat as slapstick comedian nonpareil not only generate the biggest laughs but provide little oases of aesthetic delight. And there's an unsettling journey through the land of the Sirens, where the atmosphere turns dark and weird for just a moment, before Steve Martino (Horton Hears a Who), co-directing with Michael Thurmeier, steers it back into safer waters.
The animation by Fox's Blue Sky Studios improves with each installment, and here it is vividly rendered, with the design of each prehistoric critter a marvel of state-of-the-art technology down to the last hair.”
– Megan Lehmann, The Hollywood Reporter
“In a welcome change of location, much of the action takes place on a new ocean, freshly formed after recent interference with the Earth's crust. The cataclysm was caused by none other than Scrat, the franchise mascot who is still chasing after that elusive nut.
While the main players are scrapping it out on the high seas with the villainous orang-utan pirate Captain Gutt (some enjoyably sharp work from new recruit Peter Dinklage), some snoozy sub-plot business involving Manny's troubled teen daughter (Keke Palmer) is occasionally covered back on dry land.
Oh, and Jennifer Lopez purrs up some vocal love interest for Diego.”–Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun Australia