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Frozen (movie)

Horror-Thriller Film directed by Adam Green

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Adam Green delivers the goods: again!

  • Jan 28, 2012
*** out of ****

The trio of protagonists in Adam Green's "Frozen" - Parker (Emma Bell), Dan (Kevin Zegers), and Joe (Shawn Ashmore) - find themselves in a sticky situation. They've hit the slopes for a few days to spend some time skiing and/or snowboarding. They insist on leaving all electronics back at wherever they are staying for the time being; and they're ready to embrace the snow, the ski lifts, and those who are just as passionate about their pastime as they are.

However, this trip to the mountains is different. After a normal - but thrilling - day of doing what they love to do whilst in the mountain regions; it is now night and the slopes must shut down for another week. After persuading the man in charge of operating the ski lift to allow them one last ride down the mountain; they board the lift once again, only this time, they are left behind by the arrogant operators who eventually tire and leave their posts.

This means that the three are stuck in the lift together until somebody can make an effort to get them back down. They await help for a few hours, and that's enough to make them snap. Soon, it becomes perfectly clear that nobody is going to come and rescue them from this risky, dangerous situation; not until the next week, when the ski resort opens yet again, that is. If they want to get home any earlier, they're going to have to gamble with both nature and themselves.

And that's not going to be easy; especially with a pack of hungry wolves on the prowl below in the nearby snowy forest. So if one of them is to, say, jump; he/she is putting herself/himself at the risk of being eaten alive. Plus, you either don't survive the great fall from the lift to the ground at all, or you break a few limbs. That's how it seems to work.

"Frozen" does about all it can do with its premise; it is a film that spans a good 90 minutes, and I imagine that given its central concept, that will be more than some movie-goers can handle. If you are easily bored by situations in which all action takes place in the same place for more than ten minutes, you're probably going to want to stay far, far away from Green's latest horror offering. However, if you're willing to kill an hour and a half without killing all your brain cells; I'd say this is a good way to go about doing just that.

After seeing his debut, the hit horror-comedy "Hatchet" - and being very impressed by it - I kind of knew what Green had in store with "Frozen" and at the same time, kind of didn't. It's a very different movie from the aforementioned one in the sense that it takes itself completely seriously. While the extended scenes of dialogue and character development that take up the film's first twenty minutes (or so) are laced with an unexpected sense of humor; I think that it was Green's intent, among other things, to prove that he can actually stage horror that is real, genuine, and stomach-turning.

"Frozen" plays with our fear of heights, the danger of the relentless cold of winter, and nature itself. This is a real horror movie; sometimes, it is frightening, and other times, it is merely scary. Nevertheless, I find it kind of ingenious - how a filmmaker known for his smooth balancing of horror and comedy - could make something so utterly realistic and disturbing. It isn't a great film, but it plays on our phobias and wins the dark side of our hearts. I liked how this time around, Green sticks to his undying love for the horror genre but leaves his intent to pay homage at home. Unless you count his "Spiral" (which he co-directed with Joel David Moore); this is Green's first film that is, more or less, almost entirely original. I don't know about you; but I have yet to see another film centered on the horrors of Mother Nature and what they can do to our bodies and our souls when we're stuck on a ski lift from night-into-day. But I'll check back in with you all on that one.

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review by . October 19, 2010
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Honestly, my first experience with writer/director Adam Green was the abysmal “Hatchet”; a movie me and my buddy @Dave79 have argued the quality of that movie again and again. Well, I am still strong in my stance that “Hatchet” is not a good film, but this time, I have to say Adam Green may have redeemed himself with the movie “Frozen”. The film is just frighteningly claustrophobic in the manner that it channels the feeling of helplessness. “Frozen” …
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review by . February 22, 2010
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We've seen so many thrillers in which the threat comes from something unnatural, be it a ghost, a zombie, or a masked serial killer that cannot himself be killed. This is partly why "Frozen" is such a refreshing experience - nature itself is the threat. Human beings are capable of withstanding a great deal, but there's always a breaking point, and this movie does a pretty good job of searching for it. It begs the question: What would you do if you found yourself in a similar situation? Is there …
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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.
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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