Frozen

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Frozen Review


As far as claustrophobic, high-concept B-movie thrillers go, this is pretty entertaining, throwing out logic in lieu of rampant, grisly tension. It's also extremely well-shot, making the most from its limited setting and three-person cast.

Joe (Ashmore) isn't hugely thrilled that his best pal Dan (Zegers) has invited his girlfriend Parker (Bell) along for a day of skiing. But she comes in handy when they need to charm the chairlift operator (Ackerman) into giving them a free ride. On the other hand, on their last trip up the mountain the lift is switched off for the week, and they're stranded in the chair. With a storm rolling in. And wolves braying for blood beneath them.

Yes, the main hook here is to get us asking, "What would I do?" Even though the scenario is hugely improbable (there seem to be no safety checks at all on this ski run), the film grips us with that simple question as these three smart, young people try to figure a way out of the situation. Along the way, there are a couple of massive plot holes that remind us that this really could never happen. Or could it?

Bell, Ashmore and Zegers do a lot more than expected with their characters, and it helps that Green's screenplay builds a lot of subtext in the setup, establishing tensions and loyalties between them, as well as little jokes and quiet understandings. The actors play these subtleties extremely well, and this goes a long way to keep us from getting bored. Even when one of them does something uncharacteristically stupid (like leaving a bare hand on an icy metal bar), we kind of go with it.

As a director, Green inventively keeps the camera moving, using the chair's position high in the air to maximum effect as the camera glides around them, letting us feel their isolation and vulnerability. And he also merrily indulges in a couple of extremely grisly moments that will have genre fans squealing in grossed-out delight. These things make the film great fun to watch, even as the nagging contrivances of the plot keep the premise from being quite as chilling (sorry) as it should be.



Frozen

Facts and Figures

Genre: Horror/Suspense

Run time: 102 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 27th November 2013

Box Office USA: $400.7M

Box Office Worldwide: $1.3B

Budget: $150M

Distributed by: Walt Disney Pictures

Production compaines: Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Fresh: 190 Rotten: 24

IMDB: 7.7 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: , Cory Neal

Starring: as Anna (voice), as Elsa (voice), as Kristoff (voice), as Olaf (voice), as Hans (voice), as Duke (voice), as Pabbie / Grandpa (voice), as Oaken (voice), Stephen J. Anderson as Kai (voice) (as Stephen John Anderson), Maia Wilson as Bulda (voice), as Gerda (voice), as Bishop (voice), as King (voice), Livvy Stubenrauch as Young Anna (voice), Eva Bella as Young Elsa (voice), Spencer Ganus as Teen Elsa (voice), as Spanish Dignitary (voice), Jeffrey Marcus as German Dignitary (voice), Tucker Gilmore as Irish Dignitary (voice), Ava Acres as Additional Voices (voice), Stephen Apostolina as Additional Voices (voice), as Additional Voices (voice), Krik Baily as Additional Voices (voice), Jenica Bergere as Additional Voices (voice), Dave Boat as Additional Voices (voice), Paul Briggs as Additional Voices (voice), Tyree Brown as Additional Voices (voice), Woody Buck as Additional Voices (voice), June Christopher as Additional Voices (voice), Lewis Cleale as Additional Voices (voice), Wendy Cutler as Additional Voices (voice), Terri Douglas as Additional Voices (voice), Eddie Frierson as Additional Voices (voice), Jean Gilpin as Additional Voices (voice), Jackie Gonneau as Additional Voices (voice), Nicholas Guest as Additional Voices (voice), Bridget Hoffman as Additional Voices (voice), as Additional Voices (voice), Daniel Kaz as Additional Voices (voice), John Lavelle as Additional Voices (voice), as Additional Voices (voice), Patricia Lentz as Additional Voices (voice) (as Pat Lentz), Annie Lopez as Additional Voices (voice), as Additional Voices (voice), Mona Marshall as Additional Voices (voice), Dara McGarry as Additional Voices (voice), Scott Menville as Additional Voices (voice), Adam Overett as Additional Voices (voice), as Additional Voices (voice), as Additional Voices (voice), Jennifer Perry as Additional Voices (voice), Raymond S. Persi as Additional Voices (voice), Jean-Michel Richaud as Additional Voices (voice), Lynwood Robinson as Additional Voices (voice), Carter Sand as Additional Voices (voice), Jadon Sand as Additional Voices (voice), Katie Silverman as Additional Voices (voice), Pepper Sweeney as Additional Voices (voice), Fred Tatasciore as Additional Voices (voice)

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