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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.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
To get the shots of the chairlift moving with the actors and actresses speaking on it, Writer and Director Adam Green and Director of Photography Will Barratt shot everything themselves, as the film's hired camera crew was too nervous to dangle at those heights. See more »
After Parker pulls her frozen hand off the safety bar, her skin remains stuck to the metal. Later in the film, the skin is no longer present. See more »
One's enjoyment of this horror movie from writer / director Adam Green is going to depend on how much they're able to buy into the premise and how much they're willing to swallow - not to mention how sympathetic (or not) they feel towards the three main characters. This viewer honestly found it reasonably compelling if not terribly plausible. However, that may just speak volumes about how much manipulation by the director is going on.
Leads Emma Bell ('The Walking Dead'), Kevin Zegers ("Wrong Turn"), and Shawn Ashmore (the "X-Men" franchise") play Parker, Dan, and Joe, three college age students on a skiing excursion. When night starts to fall, they feel like going on one last run down the mountain, but after they convince the lift operator to let them go back up, the lift stops in place about halfway up the mountain. Then the lights go out, and this trio realizes that they've been forgotten. About 50 feet above the ground, they soon find out that their current predicament has gotten worse: a pack of hungry wolves is waiting below.
"Frozen" does take a while to get going, but once it does it delivers some intense moments - and some gross-out moments, as well. (It's actually hard to not wince sometimes while watching this.) It works as well as it does thanks to the performances of the stars. Most of the movie features just their characters, and they get plenty of time to create some moderately interesting, basically likable personalities. The mountain scenery is of course gorgeous ("Frozen" was filmed entirely on location in Utah), and the camera-work and stunts are particularly impressive. The wolves don't actually figure into the story that much.
Overall the movie does show that Green, if anything, is willing to stretch himself a bit, going for the dramatic here after the jokey nature of his gory slasher homage "Hatchet". "Frozen" does appear to sharply divide viewers, with people either loving it or loathing it and not much in between. Judge for yourself.
Actor / stuntman Kane Hodder, the killer from "Hatchet", makes a cameo appearance.
Six out of 10.
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