The Thaw

Synopsis: At a remote Arctic research station, four ecology students discover the real horror of global warming is not the melting ice, but what's frozen within it. A prehistoric parasite is released from the carcass of a Woolly Mammoth upon the unsuspecting students who are forced to quarantine and make necessary sacrifices, or risk infecting rest of the world
Director(s): Mark A. Lewis
Production: Lionsgate
  1 win & 13 nominations.
90 min

My name is David Kruipen.

"What is sacrifice?

What does it mean|to make a real difference?

Throughout my life and career,|I have straddled two worlds.

Increasingly I have become...


Increasingly my books|and articles...

...are published and read.

Increasingly I have been|embraced by policymakers...

...and referenced by bureaucrats...

...but today I realized...

...that I have...

...misguided myself.

Today I rediscovered...

...what I knew|when I was young. "

- Is that one on her forehead?|- I can't look.

Jesus Christ!

I know.

You said it was a tick.

- Um, I don't know if it was a tick.|- It's not a tick.

- It was a bug.|- It hurts.

I know, sweetheart,|but I need you to stay still.

Okay, it's just about there.|Hold on, hold on.

Hold on.|Okay okay.

Okay, there, Doug,|do you see that?

- Jesus.|- What?

- See those hairs?|- Get the tweezers, the tweezers.

I want you to grab it. Honey,|keep your head still, please.

- Get back in so I can see it.|- What?

Get... Just...


What do I do?|What do I do?

We have to do something|about the population.

- And what is wrong with the population?|- We have too many people.

There's way too many people|using way too much stuff.

That's why we have|global warming.

They will tell you|that we are on the verge...

...of imminent destruction.|The carbon dioxide in the air... gonna turn our atmosphere|into a microwave...

...and we're all gonna burn and die.

What a load of crap.

I don't care what they say.

It's not a glacial meltdown|or anything like that.

For decades|we've been warned.

Global warming is definitely real|and it's potentially catastrophic.

I believe it's prophecy|being fulfilled...

...hard times that's spoken|about in the Bible.

Global warming is|becoming a religion...

...for some of these...|for some of these loonies.

Of course there's global warming|and of course it's man-made.

It's a hoax.

The melting Arctic will|reveal a frightening truth.

I don't think that people are|going to do enough in time.

We're on the brink of Armageddon.|Most of us will die.

The few of us who survive will be... in a world like Somalia.

And what can we do about it?

We make small sacrifices,|but the real ones that really matter...

- The world will change, I don't think.|- Ever.

What does it mean to make|a real difference?

...radical environmentalists and|clearly a legitimate terrorist threat.

When non-violent|methods fail to...

...change people's minds|quickly enough...

...well, we have to consider|other options.

- The time is now.|- We have a breaking story.

It's spreading quickly|and hospitals cannot keep up.

Thousands are violently ill,|hundreds dead.

There is complete chaos|in the streets.

State troopers and the National Guard|were ordered to seal off all borders... people|are trying to flee.

When nature is the terrorist...

We're gonna... we're gonna die.

It's too late to do anything.

Die, I'm gonna die,|I'm gonna die!

I'm gonna... Help me!

One of the horrors...

The worst bioterrorism|we've ever known.

Oh my God!

I'm dead!


A couple hundred pounds|underweight.

He must have traveled far.

The teeth... only two years old.

He probably tried to swim... island, had to come back.

Not enough ice.

What's he saying?

He's saying get|the f*ck over here.

What did you find, man?

What is it?


The pine beetle is|just one example...

...of the profound impact|global warming is having on the planet.

The truth is our way of life|is leaving the door open... an infinite number|of threats...

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Mark A. Lewis

Mark Alun Lewis (born 7 December 1962) is a professor and Canada Research Chair of mathematical biology in the University of Alberta Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences and Department of Biological Sciences. Among other topics, he has written extensively on the Allee effect, invasive species, parasitism, and biological dispersal.In 2015, he was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He was elected as a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in 2017, "for contributions to mathematical biology and the study of spatial dynamics processes". more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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