7 Movies That Make the Polar Vortex Look Easy

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After a week of brutal cold brought on by the polar vortex winter weather system that affected an estimated 120 million Americans — the most severely impacted being those in the Midwest — the blistering cold is finally starting to let up. With temperatures in the Midwest finally rising above zero — what should still be considered cold winter temperatures are now being seen as a warm spell. And with temperatures dropping as low as 15 degrees below zero in Chicago during the past week, and significantly colder temps with wind chill, who could blame Midwesterners?

But when it comes to the bitter cold, the characters in these seven films have something to say about the record lows experienced by many Americans over the past week. Come check out seven extremely cold films that make the recent polar vortex look easy by comparison.

The Grey

1. The Grey (2011)

Released in 2011, Joe Carnahan’s adventure-drama, The Grey, quietly did solid business at the box office while being generally well-received by critics. The Grey stars Liam Neeson and follows a group of oil-workers who are stranded in the Alaskan wilderness after a place crash and are forced to survive the mercilessly cold weather while a pack of gray wolves hunts them.

Roger Ebert famously wrote in his three and half star review that the experience was so visceral that he found himself unable to sit through the next film he had planned to watch. “It was the first time I’ve ever walked out of a film because of the previous film. The way I was feeling in my gut, it just wouldn’t have been fair to the next film,” Ebert wrote.

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