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Love, Death and Robots: Ice – Review/Summary (with Spoilers)

by Amari

Two brothers, separated by one having modifications and the other not, have a night out where they bond and could potentially lose their lives.


Community Rating: 55.98% (1)


 


Director(s)Robert Valley
Screenplay ByPhilip Gelatt
Date Released (Netflix)5/14/2021
Genre(s)Action, Sci-Fi, Young Adult, Animation, Family
Duration13 Minutes
RatingTV-MA
Noted Cast
SedgewickArchie Madekwe
FletcherSebastian Croft

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Film Summary

After relocating to an ice harvesting planet, Sedgewick has felt out of place due to being the only unmodified or “Extro” person for at least a hundred light-years. Add in Sedgewick is 16, and it makes it a bad time to be different. However, to make things worse, his dad is hard on him, his mom tries, and his younger brother, Fletcher, is treated as a golden child.

So, when the opportunity comes to sneak out and hang with the locals, try to regain some sense of normalcy, Sedgewick tags along with Fletcher and damn near gets killed trying to keep up with all the modded people.

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  • Reason(s) for Film Rating: This doesn’t include anything really worth the TV-MA rating, so I would say it’s strictly because the collection is TV-MA than this specifically.

Cast & Character Guide

Please Note: This is not an exhaustive list of every cast member.

Sedgewick (Archie Madekwe)

Sedgewick (Archie Madekwe) pretending he is asleep

Sedgewick (Archie Madekwe) pretending he is asleep

With recently moving from Earth, where he was the norm, to an ice harvesting planet, where he is an anomaly, Sedgewick has lost his social life and pretty much only has his family. But with a father who looks down on him and a mother who defends him the best she can, Sedgewick’s home life is far from good.

So, what is a 16 year old to do but seek out some trouble to earn the dismay of his parents?

Fletcher (Sebastian Croft)

Generally seen and talked about as a good kid, Sedgewick’s younger brother, Fletcher, is treated as a golden child. Also, with locals, he has a good enough reputation to come with them on their runs outside the colony to see the rare sight of Frostwhales breaching the ice. Which is a beautiful sight but with them getting right up to where their first attempts to breach are, it shows this is just as much about a thrill as it is about visuals.

Review/ Commentary

The Brother Bond

The core of Ice is the bond between Fletcher and Sedgewick. It’s Fletcher not being ashamed of his brother, Sedgewick getting the respect of the older brother, and Fletcher even providing what could be a deadly opportunity to show that Sedgewick, even if unmodified, can hang. Add in they are two Asian guys on a planet where they are a minority, and it makes the need to stick together even strong and beautiful to see.

Overall

Our Rating

Rating: Positive (Worth Seeing)

Like most shorts, Ice is very to the point, very little in the way of frills, but with that, you quickly get access to its heart, and while you may not tear up because of what you see, you will appreciate what was delivered.

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Ratings

  • Recommended: Some of the best seen movies we have ever watched and mentioned to friends, family, and strangers as films that need to be seen.
  • Positive (Worth Seeing): Whether you’ll have to go to the movies, download or stream, movies of this category are worth your time and money with few, if any, qualms from us.
  • Mixed (Divisive): Due to this movie having a few quirks, of which may work for some and for others be a problem, we believe your enjoyment of this movie will depend on your taste.
  • Negative (Acquired Taste): While one or two elements kept us going until the end, unfortunately, we’re of the opinion this film never reached the potential it was marketed to have.

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Love, Death and Robots: Ice Ending (Spoilers)

Fletcher (Sebastian Croft) talking to his brother

Fletcher (Sebastian Croft) talking to his brother

Because of a combination of Sedgewick being an “Extro” and smoking something that made him hallucinate, him and Fletcher nearly got killed. Or rather, to keep from embarrassing his brother, Fletcher slowed down and didn’t pick up his brother as the Frostwhales were getting closer and closer to breaching the ice.

In fact, Fletcher fakes an injury and allowed Sedgewick to carry him, just to show his older brother can not only hang but is a stand-up guy. Thus leading to Sedgewick still getting teased but now being seen as one of the group.

Ice harvesters collecting ice
Love, Death and Robots: Ice – Review/Summary (with Spoilers)
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Those who are looking for a short story about two brothers bonding, on a foreign planet, despite their differences, in a sci-fi world.
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