Frozen

6 Apr

Title: Frozen
Year: 2010
Director: Adam Green
Writer: Adam Green
Starring: Kevin Zegers, Kane Hodder, Shawn Ashmore
MPAA Rating: R, some disturbing images and language
Runtime: 94 min
Major Awards:
IMDb Rating: 7.1
Rotten Tomatoes: 47%

If I graded Frozen based on how inventive and promising its concept was it would have been a good A or A-, but then I actually saw the film which had a really weak script and a cast that, while quite okay, really didn’t impress either, then I found the film to be much less than what I had been expecting.

What’s amazing is that no sound stage, or cgi or green screen was used in the film, the shots actually had the actors suspended up in the air, and to actually get the shots of them speaking so high up the director, Adam Green, and director of photography, Will Barratt, had to film the shots themselves since the camera crew they hired were scared to get that high up.

So yeah, go figure, if shooting the film was scary for some, you’d reckon the film would be scary as hell, right? Well, you’d be kind of right, actually. The film is scary, but as I said, it had the potential to be much much scarier, it had the potential to be one of the scarier thrill rides of the year and it ended up being a just above-average thriller.

This is the plot: three friends are enjoying a getaway at a ski resort, then, just before the resort closes down for the week, they decide to go on for one last ride, but then the chairlift they are in completely stops and leaves them stranded midway to their destination in the middle of the night, bad weather is coming fast, and dangers below them threaten the lives of the three amigos. Told ya, this is a great fuckin’ plot, the execution is nowhere as good though.

The film is still quite sharp though, the directing and editing are quite good, and the performances aren’t bad at all, plus Adam Green, the writer-director spends a good amount of time investing in the films characters emotionally and not just on the perils they are facing, the thing is that I was just expecting a spectacular film from Frozen, and it wasn’t, it was pretty good, it just could’ve been better.

Grade: B-

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