Review: Frozen

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Posted December 26th, 2010 at 9:55 am

Frozen brings a high concept story, three people are left unknowingly on a ski-lift and have to decide how to save themselves, and does so with unusual control and intelligence. Though it has its share of questionable moments it is a tense thriller that makes the viewer question themselves along with the characters as to the thought process of being in the situation at hand.  

The movie stars Emma Bell, Shawn Ashmore, and Kevin Zegers…names that may not be recognizable but faces that will could very well be. The three carry most of the film, as they are abandoned accidentally high up in a ski-lift and have to find comfort in themselves and determine the best way to try and get down. The relationships between the three are established well early in the film and continue to develop at it proceeds.

There are certainly some developments that have been exaggerated or seem a bit over-the-top to add drama. There are dangers faced not just up in the lift but also on the ground and that at times seemed a little much. There are also some actions that don’t quite make sense other than being added for cringe-inducing moments. In particular the girl falling asleep with an exposed hand on the bar, which I don’t see why she would have ever left her hand out like that.

The decision making on the part of the characters can also be questioned, then again it is difficult to say how a particular person would deal with being in a life or death situation such as the one presented here. Logically everything they do seems to make sense but in hindsight there may have been better ways to go about what they attempt to do. The characters are likable though and that helps to invest the viewer in their fates and feel a little of what it would be like to be in that situation.

Frozen is a very tense film to watch, and it delivers in the semi-plausible scenario and the thought process of the characters despite a few questionable things that take place.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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