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Frozen (movie)

Horror-Thriller Film directed by Adam Green

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  • Oct 31, 2010


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Adam Green is a good filmmaker from what I have come to gather, some people love him others not so much. You may remember a little Slasher movie maybe you have heard of it, a kick back to the days of Slasher glory called "Hatchet". I have heard both sides on that film from those who like it and those who don't, as for me, that is a review for another day. Maybe you have heard of "Spiral" or a really good one he produced called "Grace", that one was really good. Either way this new one of his is actually different then what you would expect from the creator of "the next icon of horror" [hope I got that quote correct].

Two childhood friends Lynch [Shawn Ashmore] and Dan [Kevin Zegers] along side Dan's girlfriend Parker [Emma Bell] go snowboarding and skiing over the weekend like they do it seems all the time. Of course the girlfriend kinda invited herself because she wants to be involved in everything Dan does. Naturally this does not sit well with Lynch who misses the old days of him and his buddy just hanging out, good old fashioned guy time. When a girl who works at the resort that normally lets the guys ski for free is not working that day Parker is sent in to persuade the guy to let them go up the mountain. It eventually works and they spend the day going down the easy slopes for Parker.

By the time the place is getting ready to close they decide they want to make one more run, this time down some real slopes. Lynch is upset he had to make his way down the easy ones all day. The same guy is there and decides they make one more run, after they go up he is called off and a different guy takes over. That guy mistakes another group of three that come down as them and shuts the ski lift off. The three are calm at first but soon panic surfaces as they realize they are stuck 30-60ft off the ground.

This is actually a very good movie and does a great job making you feel what these people go through. Writer/director Adam Green did an excellent job here from shooting this to pulling off the tension of the film. But with that said I think his biggest strong point here was the script, these three feel like real people. From the "oh they will get it running" to the strong feeling of panic these are real people. I honestly thought the characters and dialogue were very spot on; I really think this is how most people would react. Even from what Dan does to afterwards realizing "we can climb the cable and make it to the ladder", when people panic the do the crazy first thing that comes to mind thing first, like jump. It is afterwards usually that in hindsight you realize there were other options, I liked that here.

The actors were very good in this as well as they played easily off one another, especially after they were stuck. It is from this point on that the bond between the three really showcases. The relationship between boyfriend and girlfriend and boyfriend's best friend is great, I have actually went through his kinda thing with my girl and best friend when they first met. All three were great here but in my opinion show stealer award goes to Shawn Ashmore as Lynch, really liked his performance here.

From the wolves to the tension everything was really good here except one thing, the ending. I really thought it would have been a much better ending if what happened did not, as in the opposite happens. To read any further would be a spoiler so turn back now, you have been warned. Now for those who have seen it feel free to give me your take on this and leave a comment. As you [reader who has seen this movie] know both guys fail to make it by the end of this movie but both die trying to save the others. Dan is first when after his jump he breaks his leg and is eventually eaten by the wolves. Lynch is next trying to save Parker [whom he really didn't get along with at first] as he cuts his hands to shreds climbing that cable and making it to the ladder. Of course after he boards down a little [slowly] we find out the wolves got him as well. Now all that is well and good I suppose since this that kinda movie, but why does Parker make it.

She did nothing to help the entire movie really and one could even argue that she kinda caused this. Now I wouldn't really say that because Lynch [even though it was just for his friend] did agree to her coming but I can see the case. Any way she doesn't even have to jump a horrible amount of ft or climb to the ladder on razor sharp cable. No she gets to jump off at a much safer distance after the ski lift can't hold her weight any more [even though two more even heavier people are no longer on there]. Then she makes her way down the mountain and even stumbles across a pack of wolves eating Lynch, one even face to face. Do they attack her like any creature would being not only surprised by someone falling next to them but also to protect their kill, no they let her walk on. Then she falls onto an icy road with her head sticking out there ready to be run over, and no the person does slide on the ice but only to turnaround and get her.

What ever the reason for the ending that is really my only complaint with it, other than that I do highly recommend this movie. The DVD has some great special features so check those out as well, and enjoy the flick. Adam Green I think will be making a huge hit some time in the future [I mean that in a mainstream top of the charts box office way, he has already achieved that on an independent level] if he keeps making films like this. I say go ahead and get this movie it is worthy of your collection, but try out the rental, it may lead you to seeing his other films.


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November 01, 2010
I liked this one but I have to say that I am totally with your comments about the climax--I thought it was disappointing and very cliched. Nice review but you may have to put a warning since you wrote in a major spoiler.
November 01, 2010
I thought I did, will get that on there.
November 01, 2010
put it before your third paragraph. :)
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review by . October 06, 2010
This film has the feel of a TV movie. The acting is decent and the story is OK, yet the film is unsatisfying. The characters don't get developed that well until the drama is fully unfolding, and the film is really just focused on the trauma of the 3 young adults trapped on the ski lift and their diminishing hopes for survival. When the final rescue scene comes to its quick conclusion the viewer may also be saying "thank God this is over." Unless you are a real fan of this type of cinematic terrorizing …
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Frozen is a 2010 American/British horror film directed by Adam Green and stars Emma Bell, Kevin Zegers and Shawn Ashm

  • Opened February 5, 2010 | Runtime:1 hr. 34 min.
  • R
    for some disturbing images and language
  • 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?
  • Cast: Emma Bell, Shawn Ashmore, Kevin Zegers, Ed Ackerman, Rileah Vanderbilt
  • Director: Adam Green
  • Genres: HorrorPsychological Thriller
  • Poster art for "Frozen."
  •                Snow-sport enthusiasts, take note: Adam Green's unsettling thrillerFrozensuggests that abiding by the rules and regulations of your local ski resort might not only be polite, but essential to your health. Green's hapless heroes--nice guy Dan (Kevin Zegers,Transamerica), his best ...
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    Director: Adam Green
    Genre: Horror
    MPAA Rating: Unrated
    Screen Writer: Adam Green
    DVD Release Date: September 28, 2010
    Runtime: 94 minutes
    Studio: ANCHOR BAY
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