Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Director: Adam Green
Writer: Adam Green
Starring Emma Bell, Shawn Ashmore and Kevin Zegers
Frozen is one of those man against nature films and in a lot of ways it reminds me of Open Water. Though I think this film delves into characterization far more than that film does. Some of the conversation scenes remind me of a scene from a Kevin Smith film. The suspense and the tension the film evokes is quite palatable and it leaves an impression on you after you finish viewing the film. The story is very tight and the cast does an excellent job with the material. You do not think a film about 3 people stuck in a ski lift would be so dramatic and exciting but it is. The film has some excellent moments of peril and there are no easy solutions for the characters. This is what makes the film so interesting. This is a taut and suspenseful film that will definitely rank on my list of the top horror films I have seen in 2010.
The plot basics are this, 3 college friends are on a skiing trip for the weekend and cannot pay the full price for ski lift tickets, so they bribe the operator to let them up at a under the table rate. It goes well for awhile but on their last trip up they are forgotten about and are stuck over the ski lane. They soon discover they will be stuck up there for a week and they now panic and try to come up with a way to save themselves. But other than being stuck on the lift they also have to worry about the roaming wolves looking for dinner.
This is a tense and suspenseful film. Green’s direction is captivating and mesmerizing. He really makes you feel for the characters and makes you sympathize with their plight. He films the suspense scenes very well. I especially loved it when the first guy tries to escape and what slowly befalls him. The script is very tight. The ongoing dramatic conversations between the 3 characters are very compelling and makes you stick with the film. You really want to see them succeed. The cast does a superb job. Bell does a great job and really grows as a character throughout the film. Ashmore is really top notch too and you really expect him to save the day somehow. Zegers does a decent job too. He sort of has a thankless role and pulls it off well. The SFX and make up effects are realistic and rather grisly. It helps keep the films sense of realism. The score by Andy Garfield is quite melancholic and suits the piece well. This is a small and intense film that is well worth viewing.
This one gets 5 out of 5