Survival Code (2013)
“Borealis” (Original Title)
Stars: Ty Olsson; Patrick Gallagher; Michelle Harrison; Christine Horne; Cristina Rosato
IMDB Rating: 6.5
Plot: “Borealis” is a peek into the future, set in a globally warmed north. The year is 2045 and the ice caps have melted, enabling the discovery of the last oil and gas reserve on the planet are in the Canadian North. It’s a future we have all seen coming for years. Borealis is the “gold rush” town that springs up to give ya anything you need. For a price.
Review: At first glance, one would be forgiven to think that this is a stand-alone movie. But, as you get into the storyline, it becomes obvious that “Survival Code” is made for a TV Pilot.
In the very foreseeable future, the artic ice-cap has melted, which has opened the doors to new trade routes, oil fields, mining operations, illegal drug trafficking, Russian bad-guys and poaching.
The focus of the Arctic operation is Vic Carboneau; Customs Officer; Bar Owner; Ex-Cage Fighter (Played by Ty Olsson, who has a long list of credits to his name including the role of Benny in Supernatural). Who struggles to keep the peace with all factions, while trying to maintain his “tough guy” image to everyone around him, including his sex interest, Alison Freemont (Michelle Harrison). The tension between Vic and Alison is wonderful. It is obvious he is interested in her, but she is more interested in saving what’s left of the environment and endangered species, rather than have a romp in the show with Vic 🙂 (Watch for the shoot down she gives him in her base camp when he goes there to pop in for “a drink”)
Enter the bad guys… With the current political tension that we see going on currently in Russia (with Vlad Putin trying to take over the world, one former Russian country at a time), it comes as no surprise that the bad guys in this are stereotyped Russians. In the rest of the line-up we have the American archaeologist (Greyson Holt), whose research is funded by the Russians, an activist (Michelle Harrison) who is determined to protect what remains of the ecosystem, and the international diplomat, Svetlana, (Christine Horne) who tries to come across that she is not taking sides, when it is evident that she is.
The local “law enforcement” detail lead by the ball-less Raminder (Karan Oberoi) and lastly, the local prostitute, Bettina (played by Christina Rosato). A minor role for each of these two actors, but worth mentioning nonetheless.
“Survival Code” may come across as a “Defiance” type movie, but it is still worth sitting down to watch for 90 minutes. I watched this movie a few days ago, and I may end up watching it again later today, which is a rarity for me.
It certainly does have the beginnings and potential to be a good TV series, and it would be a shame to see this not funded for a series. It is not often that good quality programming graces our screens, and this one I would like to see get picked up for at least a few seasons.
My Rating: 9.5 out of 10.