Monday, October 18, 2010

Frozen (2010)

Three friends head up for a day trip to the mountains, when they soon find themselves stuck on a chair lift and forgotten about at the end of the night. As if the bitter cold and oncoming storms were not enough, the three must make perilous attempts to jump or climb to safety, while fending off the ravening wolves below. FROZEN builds on the same simple premise and real-world fears as 2003's surprise hit OPEN WATER, much to the same chilling effect. Adam Green focuses strictly on his characters and their fluid conversationalist dialog to carry the emotional weight of the film. Each of them demonstrate a clear progression as they deal with the anger, grief, and ultimate acceptance of their fate, just as Green shows a vast improvement in his skills as a writer and director. Parker, Dan, and Joe are capable characters that make every logical attempt to escape their unfortunate situation, while making noble sacrifices to save each other along the way. Green provides an incredible amount of coverage considering the single, remote location. This keeps the interest high and the tension higher as his use of high and low angles accentuate the horror during each of the pivotal moments. On top of this, Green and his talented cast weathered the harsh wintry conditions to film entirely on location, which is instantly noticeable and appreciated over the use of cheap green-screening techniques. The wolves serve as the only minor distraction, since they have only been included to increase the suspense of the situation. They are an unnecessary element that was added to an already-successful film, and one that did not require any senseless gore on top of the psychological terror. FROZEN is a strong minimalist Horror effort that is a far greater technical accomplishment for Adam Green than his earlier work in HATCHET.

Rating: 7/10.

If you liked FROZEN, check out:
WIND CHILL, OPEN WATER, SPIRAL.

11 comments:

  1. I loved this film. Original and edge of your seat greatness.

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  2. Great movie. So glad I caught this during its brief theatrical run. Played very well to the audience.

    The most surprising thing about it was Parker's speech about the puppy...I ALMOST cried.

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  3. Adam really did some great stuff here, and who can sit and watch Dan jump off of that ski lift without flinching and wincing? Makes me want to barf just thinking about it, in all the right ways lol..

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  4. This was a really good movie. The DVD has some deleted scenes one of them being a longer, gorier version of the first wolf attack. The version they went with was much better edited in my opinion. I didn't find the wolves distracting since the group was in danger whether in the air or on the ground. Way better than HATCHET most definitely.

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  5. I would have preferred to have seen the film stick solely to the psychological terror, but I can see why they were added. Still, good stuff!

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  6. The wolves didn't bother me too much. It was funny how they would leave, but know the right time to come back. The deleted scene of the wolves was good, and I agree with them leaving it out. It was too much for the way the movie was going, but great for a deleted scene. Overall, I thought they did a good job of covering all the bases of the situation. A little too much talking for me at some points, but I understand what they were going for.

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  7. Not a bad film. Some good suspense and characters. The broken legs, frostbite, and hand stuck to the bar, were very effective. Sadly the thing about the cable holding the lifts being razor sharp is bullshit, and wolves don't hunt during the day. Still, those are fairly forgivable points.

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  8. I figured as much with the cables, but that I was willing to overlook as well.

    HorrO I was laughing about that as well, those are the most opportunistic wolves I have ever seen!

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  9. you.re wrong - wolves DO hunt in the day if very hungry.

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  10. Wolves are actually crepuscular, not nocturnal. This means that they are most active at dawn or dusk. This is when their natural hunting time is. However, as a wild predator, they will not pass up an easy meal. If they find an injured animal during the day or at night, if the pack is awake, they will not hesitate to take it down just because it's the wrong time of day.

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  11. the cables ARE sometimes razor sharp....

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