This movie made me feel like a total victim of false advertising, especially when the cover said something like a “gut-wrenching horror film” and then IMDB says that its not, but its a drama thriller, which is what I felt it was also. Either way, I do enjoy myself a good thriller 🙂 Lets check it out!
Director: Adam Green
Joe (Shawn Ashmore), Dan (Kevin Zegers) and his girlfriend Parker (Emma Bell) head to a ski trip. After taking a few runs and heading in to eat, they decide to go back to catch one last run before it closes. After begging to have the permission to go up for a last minute run, they hop onto the chairlift and it stops halfway. Hoping that the chairlift will start again, they eventually realize that everyone has left when the lights go out. A storm is coming, the weather is cold and frostbite is hitting them. They need to figure out a way to get out of their situation as the park only opens a few days later.
Frozen is definitely a drama thriller. Its actually a pretty good one and the one advantage it has is that it has a short enough running time to make it not feel like a drag but rather keep the intensity and drama in some form of balance. I’m not saying its the best thriller out there but its a decent story. The drama arises mostly from the problems between the three. This movie suffers a bit from predictability. For the most part, between my boyfriend and I, we figured out a good part of what would happen and for once, at least, the ending didn’t exactly piss us off. That usually surprises me these days 🙂
All the actors here are familiar faces either from parts of TV series that I’ve seen or from some movie here and there. I think they delivered quite believable characters. In a movie like this, where its really them against the elements/environment, whatever you want to call it, its really about them. They are the ones who make the call and the events that happen after that, they need to deal with all of it. The girl was probably by far the most annoying out of the three, but maybe it was just because of the role she was given to play. However, as the movie progresses, because of all the quality time on screen with each of the characters, I started to feel the pain, horror, and devastation from the whole situation. The fear of dying and the unknown and just really doing everything possible to survive.
Sometimes, I find that this is really the scary part that does qualify it in the area of a horror flick. What scares us is how no one can control the natural environment around us, for example, the changing weather, the temperature and wildlife. Its a decision that can only be bad and worse and making that choice. In this one, they really put it quite well together.
Before I started this post, I was thinking of whether it is an effective movie and after writing this out, I really think it is. It really makes the audience feel like they are in the moment and consider what they would do in that situation. For sure, some of the characters make some stupid choices but a lot of it dials down to luck when faced with the unknown in a deserted area. I’d really recommend it if you like this sort of drama thriller with just a touch of psychological horror. The movie is slow and quiet for a good part so don’t go into this expecting a lot of action but rather more thinking and making desperate decisions in an extremely desperate situation.