Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Frozen - DVD Review


Starring Emma Bell, Shawn Ashmore and Kevin Zegers.
Directed by Adam Green.

This is one of those low-budget screenplay experiments. Remember Open Water? Two divers stranded in the middle of the ocean? This is the same thing, an economical look at psychological tension. Three skiers get trapped on a ski-lift, in the freezing cold, with no one coming back to the slopes for several days. If they stay there, they'll freeze to death.

It's one of those "What would you do?" scenarios where I thought of several things the characters could do, but none of them ever seemed to occur to them. Also, throw in some hungry wolves circling on the ground below, and you have some contrivances that just made me worry they didn't stretch this out too long. It's not bad, but it's not good. I'm glad writer-director Adam Green didn't go the Gus Van Sant route and just have a ten-minute shot of the actors staring straight ahead while we listen to the mountain winds

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