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Sunday, April 18, 2010

[7.00/10] Frozen (2010)

Frozen (2010)

"Frozen" is about as simple a premise as you can devise. Three people trapped atop a swinging perch. That's the whole movie. And writer/director Adam Green makes the best of it. His three characters make decisions that intelligent people would make. Sure, all their efforts are thwarted and some even lead to gruesome death, but at least they think honestly and smartly about their situation and their limited options. And that's what makes "Frozen" so special. The characters are believable and real. At times annoying, but always interesting in their peril. The actors all do an excellent job. Emma Bell isn't the typical blonde chick, but comes off quite sympathetic, constantly adjusting to her new surroundings. Shawn Ashmore has some great geek-moments of dialogue. They aren't the usual cardboard characters you'd find in many teen flicks. Green seems to understand that you have to like the characters before you can make the tension work. For a good half of the movie, this works, but unfortunately, there's only so much you can do with a premise like this. Green's direction brings some good moments of tension and occasional gore. At certain moments I felt my heart sinking if I was there on that rocking sky-lift chair, while some awesome unexpectedly angled shots made me dizzy. I found almost everything very plausible and frightfully realistic. "Frozen" is also a polished feature, with the shots of the mountains and snow and abandoned ski-lift serving as a sign of abandonment, fear and isolation in the characters and the viewer. Overall, with acting that improves as the movie unfolds, a unique and cool idea for a movie, and a solid directing style, Adam Green's latest will keep you frozen to your seats.

  • My Rating: 7.00/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 47% (4.5/10)
  • IMDb: 7.1/10

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