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Frozen

Frozen

What he said:

He

Ever hear of Frozen? Yeah, me neither and that is ok. Popularity doesn’t always equal quality.

Frozen is the tale of Dan and Lynch and their annual ski trip. For the first time ever, one of the guys (Dan) decides to violate the bro-code and bring along another guest; his girlfriend Parker. Lynch isn’t too crazy about this, so there is tension from the get go. It only gets worse when they become trapped on a ski lift and all kinds of horrors (some of which involve a pack of wolves) ensue.

This is one of those movies that puts people in horrible situations and let’s you know what they are really made of inside. What would you do? Do you trust everyone with you? These are all the kinds of questions that are asked in this suspense/thriller.

There are a few times where the acting is a little much, but overall it was a fineThe chemistry between the characters is definitely there. Terrible circumstances, humor, all the elements of a good horror movie are there. You may have never heard of it before, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a decent little movie.

Oh yeah and I can’t be the only geek out there who found it mildly amusing that Lynch was played by Shawn Ashmore (aka Iceman from the X-men movies).  Iceman, Frozen, get it? Sorry, I just had a Big Bang moment.

Rating: Thumbs up.

This movie review was brought to you on December 10, 2010. 

What she said:

She

Frozen is my nightmare.  I can truthfully say that the last time I went skiing I cried…twice.  And I was 23 years old at the time.  Going down the hill at what feels like blazing fast speeds scares me, and the chairlift is absolutely terrifying.  Being suspended 40 feet or move above the ground on a glorified park with nothing to save me from falling and breaking every bone in my body except a rusted pull-down bar is not appealing.  And they sway and creak with every gust of wind.  Ahhh…I’m getting freaked out just talking about it.

I guess you’re wondering what this has to do with Frozen.  Well, it has everything to do with the movie.  The film is about three college-aged kids who get stranded on a chairlift after the ski resort shuts down for the week.  In classic horror film form, you must suspend belief for this movie to work.  I don’t know of many ski resorts that routinely shutdown on weekdays.  I also believe that these places likely have failsafes in place to prevent this very circumstance from happening.

But we, the viewers, have to set all that aside to have the opportunity to experience the terror of slowly freezing to death with no way out.  Surprisingly, I found this movie actually got me thinking as I watched the actors cycle through feelings of fear, guilt, anger, courage, and despair (with some overacting) as they faced their imminent demises. 

I’m not into spoilers, so I’m not going to give any plot points away, but at 94 minutes, the movie seems to breeze by pretty effortlessly.  The beginning is a little slow, and if you’re like me, you’ll find yourself chomping at the bit for them to get up on the chairlift and get frozen already.  Overall, I really did like this movie, but you have to take it at face value and be willing to set aside a few things.

Diagnosis: Thumbs up.