FROZEN is an impressive achievement.
If someone had told me that they could create a film about three people stuck on a ski lift. Make it interesting, funny, touching, scary and cool as well, I am afraid I would have had to have called them a damn liar.
Truth be told though, Adam Green has done it. He’s combined all those above ingredients and titled it FROZEN.
While Green’s deft directorial touch is a key factor into why the film works so well credit must also go to the fine group of actors who so aptly bring our trio of snowboarders, their insecurities, their strengths, their weaknesses to life and really breaths life into this film.
Some SPOILERS AHEAD so proceed with caution.
FROZEN stars Kevin Zegers, Shawn Ashmore and Emma Bell and all three are phenomenal. The film opens with the trio arriving at a ski resort and attempting to lie themselves into some reduced lift tickets. Through the first reel of the film we learn the back story on the three of them and some interesting facts come to light. On the evening they are to depart the decision is made to take one last ride down the mountain. Through a series of missed communications and folks not doing their jobs the three quickly find themselves stranded on the ski lift on a cold dark night with a winter storm approaching. At first the gang just figures that there has been some kind of mechanical breakdown but when the lights on the ski trails go off they quickly figure out that everyone has gone home and no one realizes that they are there.
Concern leads to panic which turns to fear that quickly ratchets to full blown terror as the three realize they are stuck on this chair, to high up to jump, with no food, no water, no way to go to the bathroom and very few options in which to help themselves.
Within a few short hours frost bite and hypothermia already start to rear their ugly heads and one character decides to risk it and jump from the chair assuming that even if he gets injured some he should be able to make his way down the mountain to get help.
Not a good idea.
You’ve got to see it to believe it but lets just say, things don’t go well and the situation goes from really sucky to downright life threatening in an incredible sequence of events that will leave you breathless as you watch.
The final third of the film is nothing short of riveting as the survival reflex kicks in and the snowboarders do whatever is necessary to survive the ordeal.
Director Adam Green does an amazing job of keeping you glued to the screen even though the large percentage of the film is just a couple of people sitting on a ski lift lamenting about life, death and their fate.
The dialogue is well written, smart and poignant.
The acting is some of the best I have seen in a genre film this year.
The scene where Emma Bell’s character has to finally breakdown and allow herself to release her bladder while the others sleep is surprisingly touching and you really feel the anguish, disgust and her complete mental breakdown as she realizes she has no control over anything anymore.
With FROZEN Director Adam Green stakes his claim as one of the new up and coming talents that will be soon taking over the main stream. He has proven that he can walk the walk and talk the talk. He is a force to be reckoned with.
Personally, I loved this film. I was literally glued to the screen and when it was done I gathered up my family and we watched it again. This is a great film.
Special feature wise we’ve got a couple of audio commentaries which are good but there is also a series of featurettes that breakdown the grueling filming on the mountain and highlights the ingenuity that went into making the film work.
Some great stuff in here as well.
FROZEN hits Blu-ray and DVD on Sept. 28th and I can’t stress enough that this is an amazing film and you must check it out.
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