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Film Review - Chill Factor
Set brain power on low, Mr. Sulu! We're going in! Chill Factor is a very funny film, it just isn't too smart.
Ten years ago the army and a scientist developed a new defoliant. The scientist cuts corners to meet deadlines and a whole bunch of army guys died. Their commanding officer took the fall and was sent to prison. The good guy takes the rap.
Now this man is released from prison and presumably discharged. He has changed. He is angry and wants revenge. And now the film goes to hell.
The problem being that this army fella has now developed some sort of super plan to steal the defoliant, kill the scientist, and sell the defoliant to the highest bidder. He has at his disposal a lot of money, equipment and trusted people. Where he got these resources, we are never told, and this makes the film ridiculous.
Redeeming this film are a couple misfits, one arguably an ice cream truck thief, the other a late-night fry cook. These two end up with the defoliant, which needs to stay below 50 degrees Fahrenheit in the heat of a Montana summer, in a busted down ice cream truck, while being hunted by the aforementioned evil army guy.
Now to make this work, you have to believe that all army people except evil ones are idiots. You also have to believe that scientists work in isolation, and that evil people can put together master plans while in solitary confinement. The comedy is all that saves this picture, because the premise just can't stand up.
Directed by Hugh Johnson
Released in 1999
MPAA Rating: R
Reviewed by Mongo