Review: Chasing Ice


Chasing ice is the the multiple award-winning story of one, rather eccentric, man’s battle against climate change. As a geologist with a passion for the planet, James Balog tells the story, to put it simply, of ice; specifically the increasing degradation of the polar glaciers. Using high definition imagery and moving music, he puts his message across to an alternative audience, who sought out the more obscure cinemas in the corners of London that happened to be showing the film.

As a photographer, Balog begins with his journey into environmentalism, significantly a story for National Geographic which pushed his fame and passions high enough to land a deal that saw Balog travel to the Arctic to make a film. His new project was to entail the set up of time-lapse cameras that looked out across glacial fronts, capturing the sounds and images of ‘caving’ (the break up of the frontal edge of the glacier), and the fast retreat of the ice formation over time. 

Best seen on the big screen, Balog’s images are stunning, with breathtaking detail and thunderous sounds as the caving occurs. Although the film depicts an emotional, true story of climate change, there is much attention focussed on the bizarre qualities of the film maker himself, although understandably there is a necessity to show a ‘story’ behind the main films plot.

Highly recommended for people passionate about photography, namely landscape and structure (also essential: a passion for climate change, otherwise you will sit through an hour and a half like my brother and sleep).