Sunday, 3 October 2010

Thinking Out Loud on “Frozen”

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“A typical day on the slopes turns into a chilling nightmare for three snowboarders when they get stranded on the chairlift before their last run. As the ski patrol switches off the night lights, they realize with growing panic that they’ve been left behind dangling high off the ground with no way down.

With the resort closed until the following weekend and frostbite and hypothermia already setting in, the trio is forced to take desperate measures to escape off the mountain before they freeze to death. Once they make their move, they discover with horror that they have much more to fear than just the frigid cold. As they combat unexpected obstacles, they start to question if their will to survive is strong enough to overcome the worst ways to die.

Kevin Zegers (TRANSAMERICA, DAWN OF THE DEAD), Shawn Ashmore (X-MEN, THE RUINS) and Emma Bell (DOLLHOUSE, SUPERNATURAL) star in this intense suspense thriller, from writer/director Adam Green (HATCHET) and Producer Peter Block (SAW I-VI, CRANK, RAMBO)” from the Press Kit.

I ended up watching this movie on accident (read- there was nothing else on). I’m not sure if I’m glad or disturbed that I gave away a couple hours of my life to see this.

The production values were as budget trim as they could be- but really, how much Hollywood fantastica do you need when you’re stranded on a chair lift?

If you enjoy survival thrillers then you will be entertained by this film. It’s suspenseful in its simplicity. It was intense and very realistic, as in – I can totally imagine it would be this horrible to be stranded on a chair lift in the middle of a snowstorm.

Not that I would ever be stupid enough to do so, mind you.

There’s really not much I can say and not scream “SPOILER ALERT!”, but I will say to watch it.  I found myself drawn in to the fear and the very realistic probability that there was no possible hope.

There are no heroes to cheer for. There are no bad guys you want to see die. There is nothing but survival and choices, and the reality of those choices.

Some scenes are disturbing in their reality, but hey – this might actually be what happens in this situation.

Watch it.

Just, um – not with the children. Could be a good date movie if you want to have your girlfriend crawl in your lap or your boyfriend hold you tight to keep you safe.

Frozen. . . not completely freezer burned, but not quite thawed, either.