Drama / Thriller
Drama / Thriller
At Mount Holliston, snowboarders Dan Walker, his girlfriend Parker O'Neil and his best friend Joe Lynch don't have enough money to buy lift tickets. Parker bribes Jason, a lift-worker, with one hundred dollars. When the system is nearing closure, they force Jason to let them have one last pass. However, Jason needs to resolve a problem and his colleague misunderstands his instructions and stops the lift. The trio of skier and snowboarders gets stranded on the chairlift near the top of the mountain. When they see that the lights of the ski resort had been turned off, they need to make a choice: leave the chairlift or freeze to death.
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November 01, 2015 at 03:35 AM
Fascinating... a very hard trick to pull off with no human adversary!
The magic of Frozen is that there's no badguy. It's just humans against nature. I was worried at first that the film would be slow paced. I mean, how many things can happen within such a small space?
It turns out: plenty. Although time passes during the movie, the film does not give in to drawn out melodramatic sequences. They fight against nature, but the film is structured to attack them from all sides at once, but also in a way that's not transparently unrealistic. (Although personally I feel that nobody would have survived the cold and dehydration of the first night.)
We even learn a little about the characters, in a way that's more convincing than most disaster films, I am thinking for example of The Poseidon Adventure. There are no stereotypes here.
And they make mistakes. This isn't like Die Hard where the protagonist cleverly thinks of everything. Everything about the film, including their being trapped up so high, falls together like a series of coincidences, and that makes it even more horrific, because you start to believe that it might actually happen. There's even a little comedy to offset the horror, towards the beginning.
There is some gore in the film, but hugely less than I was led to believe. This is no Quentin Tarantino film and no slasher film either.
So having said what it's not, what is it? It's a thrilling look at how, even though we humans have extended ourselves into nature with technology, how reliant we are on that technology. It's an intellectual thriller rather than a supernatural or a serial killer freakshow thriller. It's normal people without heroic powers stuck in a situation that is near to real, the "Lost in Translation" of horror films.
I though it was fantastic. I'll give Frozen a 9 out of 10.
I'm not jumping up and down for this one but I thought it was a very well done survival/thriller that had some shocking, gruesome scenes as well as some thrills and definitely chills. The acting was pretty decent but the stand out here is newcomer Emma Bell who gave an heartbreaking performance as one of the stranded skiers on a ski lift, man I felt all of her pain. I thought the director did a great job using different techniques with the camera and used his one location effectively that makes you think and feel that you're right there with them on that ski lift, the thought just terrifies me but doesn't make me fear going skiing just makes me think twice about going on a ski lift. I think it's a tad overrated saying it does for skiing what Jaws did for swimming, not really and to be honest it's more Open Water than Jaws just with more action and a different situation, sorry it just didn't put the fear in me, it just had me feeling sorry for them and rooting for them than actually being scared. It will have you thinking throughout questioning what would you do in that situation, what lengths would you go in order to survive and some of it to me wasn't plausible while other scenes were very realistic and will have you on the edge of your seat. What makes this so special is the fact that they took a simple idea and went to great lengths to make it powerful and had three leads that could be anyone's friend, sister, brother, lover and it makes you feel for them even more and makes the whole situation more unsettling and shattering with some scenes that will make you a little teary eyed, good effort. This film actually has a heart and is refreshing from most horror offerings lately but it's more of a drama/thriller and I can't wait to see what director Adam Green has up his sleeve next! Overall it could of had a slightly better conclusion and I don't think it's going to be the best genre flick of the year because I just don't see that happening but if you want to see something different, new and bone chilling go support Adam Green's latest effort Frozen, though more of a renter on a snowy night to me. Recommended!
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I managed to sit through this film but I suggest you avoid it, unless watching paint dry interests you. How much thrill/horror are you going to encounter, realistically, with 3 people trapped on a chair lift?! There are just too many possibilities for these people to escape their situation making it just too stupid to even sympathize or believe in the severity of their predicament. Spoilers: First, the guy jumps. Yes, it would be my first thought if I was put in that situation. However, I would have done everything to limit the potential for injury. They could have removed shirts, ski pants, etc and made a rope to hang from the lift so they're falling from a shorter distance. Second, the wolves. Come on! This is a ski area! They would never attack so aggressively. Possibly the first guy might have something happen because of his condition and blood, but definitely not the second guy. That drove me crazy. Lazy, uncreative writing. So much more drama could have been accomplished from developing the fallen guys situation than throwing in the wolf pack. Stupid. Lastly, the guy climbs down. He would never manage it. Never! He has been trapped in the cold overnight with no food or water. I would question some of the most athletic people being able to do that climb...especially with ski boots on! Ski gloves have leather patches to protect against cable damage by the way, has the writer ever been skiing?! The bunny hill uses cable lifts! Why not make it believable and have the guy use his legs on the cable to help distribute his weight and easier to traverse?
Anyway, I wont go on and on about all the things that bothered me in this movie. It drove me nuts. I can handle some "stretches" of possibilities but if they are presented in the wrong way or go over the top it just flops. This definitely flopped for me. The tension wasn't there, you don't have any connection to the characters (hell I wanted them to die), nothing. All the reviews giving praise are either completely clueless, drunk or working for the producers of this movie.