Directors: Adam Green
After watching the excellent Buried recently, I was intrigued to check out more movies with similar concepts — namely being stuck in a very difficult situation. Frozen is a survival thriller along the same lines. Three friends (a couple and the “third wheel”) get trapped on a ski lift due to an employee’s negligence. This situation is made worse due to the fact that the ski resort will not reopen for another five days. Oh yeah, and the three of them left their cellphones in their vehicle. They are pretty much fucked.
Frozen has an interesting premise, and that is why I was drawn to the movie. I have only been snowboarding once in my life, and I did not like riding on the ski lift at all. Since I am not particularly fond of heights, getting stuck on a ski lift would be absolutely terrifying for me. In building a sense of fear and suspense, Frozen succeeds. There is definitely a lot of tension, and it frequently makes you ponder what you would do in that situation. The problem herein is that the characters who are trapped are TOTAL IDIOTS. They do some foolish things to try to get off of the lift, and they ignore some basic principles that would help fight off frostbite and other problems caused by the cold (i.e. failing to stay as covered as possible, refusing to huddle up together, etc). It just blows my mind that they did not think of this stuff, and there are some even more glaring issues that I will not discuss for sake of spoilers.
During the opening stages of the movie, Frozen also comes across as painstakingly amateur. The three main characters (played by Shawn Ashmore, Kevin Zegers and Emma Bell) struggle with basic acting, and the dialogue is laughably bad. It isn’t until they get stuck on the ski lift that the movie picks up steam.
Even though I had issues with the way the characters acted, and there were some notable problems with certain situations in the movie, I have to give credit to director Adam Green for maintaining a high level of suspense throughout. There are some pretty nerve-wracking moments, and the tension is always present. If they would have cleaned up the plot a little bit and added some creative (or even logical) thinking from the characters, Frozen would be much better. As it stands, it is watchable — you’re just going to have to suspend your disbelief a little bit.