September 18, 2010

Frozen (2010)

"Three skiers are stranded on a chairlift and forced to make life-or-death choices that prove more perilous than staying put and freezing to death."

Adam Green's latest offering left me cold. Although "Frozen" is really very much in the tradition of "Open Water" and other films of that ilk where people get left stranded and in danger, it wasn't really horror and it bored me.

Technically it was great, the actors were all really good and the camerawork was just how it should be. The trouble was that Adam Green isn't the best writer in the world and he really threw any attempt at realism out of the window.

For me it's all about minor quibbles based on my lack of willing suspension of disbelief. I couldn't believe in yet another movie where nobody had a cellphone, could survive two days and nights in the freezing cold or could drop 100ft down and only break a leg. Plus when did wolves ever get brave enough to attack the skiers at a resort or be able to outrun one?

I didn't like the characters all that much either. I've never been skiing (and have no desire to) so I can't say if they were typical of the kids who go to these things. If they are then I'm even more glad that I have no interest in skiing as I'd hate to meet any of these morons in real life. Why didn't they just make a rope out of their clothes and climb down? They could even have climbed along the cable with their legs wrapped round it until they reached a lower position to jump from. If I was in that situation, I would have thrown the irritating girl down first and landed on top of her!

Just like "Open Water" all the waiting for something to happen should have been used as tension but it just ended up as boredom. Even the latex-based frostbite moments did little to spice things up and you can see the best one in the trailer anyway.

The whole film just seems contrived to make the audience accept completely illogical decisions as perfectly reasonable and insult their intelligence in the process. Of course, if it wasn't for the totally unrealistic situation and the characters' responses to it then "Frozen" wouldn't exist as a movie at all. Maybe that would have been a better option.

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