Review: Ice Age: Collision Course, C-
Rated PG, 90 minutes
If "Ice Age: Collision Course" feels familiar, it's because you've seen it before with the other "Ice Age" films that have endured meltdowns, dinosaurs, continental drifts and now a collision course with some deadly asteroids. Admittedly, by now, the "Ice Age" film series have little to offer in terms of original storytelling or characters, yet it's all silly, goofy and predictable fun that the kids will enjoy the most and likely an endurance test for the adults. Scrat's epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid (John Leguizamo), Manny (Ray Romano), Diego (Denis Leary), and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, travelling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters. Directed by Mike Thurmeier, who directed the previous two "Ice Age" films, there isn't much to the likable but forgettable "Collision Course," which uses the same sitcom-like formula to resolve and overcome a significant obstacle, this one being some asteroids, and by now you'd think that ultra hyper, saber-tooth squirrel Scrat (voiced by Chris Wedge) would hang on to that acorn that has caused so many problems. Scrat was initially an annoyance in the first film or two, but as this well-worn film series goes on and on, he's the most fun thing about it, and the interludes to him in space are among the film's highlights. All the main cast members are back, with my favorite Leguizamo's Sid the Sloth and Wanda Sykes' Granny Sloth, both of whom get in the best lines, and two new characters, Buck the Weasel, voiced by Simon Pegg, and Manny's new son-in-law, voiced by Adam Devine, both of whom add some comic charm to the proceedings. Much of it feels like filler (especially the diversion to the land of "Geotopia," an unnecessary stop), and the likable "Collision Course" pulls few surprises as it steers to a predictable ending, but you'll still find yourself laughing at Sid and Granny's antics more than you care to admit. Go if you must, but if you've seen the other "Ice Age" films you've seen this one too.