I have been wanting to see Frozen for a while now. The other night I came across it on one of the movie channel listings on On Demand. Whoa! What a perfect movie for this time of year. (Although, I supposed it’d also make a good choice for summer when you might want to cool off with images of cooler climes.)
I was hoping to enjoy it, but I gotta admit. My expectations and tolerance for movies is pretty low anymore. It’s bad enough very few movie plots surprise me anymore. I always guess where they’re going or what’s coming next. But it’s gotten so bad anymore I can even predict which lines are coming next. That’s just sad.
That’s why I think I liked Frozen as much as I did. My husband felt the plot scenario was a little too far-fetched, lost interest and tuned out. (But that’s pretty typical for him.) I, however, was willing to suspend disbelief and see where the Frozen led me.
Wow. It took me to some places I was not expecting to go. I did not see a few things coming –both plot twists and lines. That helped make for an enjoyable viewing experience.
The actors also did a phenomenal job. And the suspense…I was pleasantly uncomfortable from the second they got stuck on the chairlift to the very last scene. (I’m not going to give away any spoilers. I didn’t know anything about the movie except for the premise. In case that’s the same with whoever reads this I don’t want to taint their viewing experience by giving anything away.)
I found a review on Amazon that both sums up the movie and expresses how I felt about the performances. I was intrigued the reviewer singled out Emma Bell’s performance too. Haunting. She’s devastatingly beautiful and judging from this movie amazingly talented. I hope she lands some more primo roles in the future. She’s an actress I’d like to see go big.
Snow-sport enthusiasts, take note: Adam Green’s unsettling thriller Frozen suggests that abiding by the rules and regulations of your local ski resort might not only be polite, but essential to your health. Green’s hapless heroes–nice guy Dan (Kevin Zegers, Transamerica), his best pal Lynch (Shawn Ashmore, the X-Men franchise), and Dan’s new girlfriend Parker (newcomer Emma Bell)–decided to cut a few corners in pursuit of more time on the slopes. Miscommunication with the staff results in the trio getting stuck on a lift some 60 feet in the air just moments before the resort closes for a three-day weekend. The hope for rescue soon dwindles, and the trio faces the decision to either endure the elements or somehow make their way to the ground without injury. All of the gruesome possibilities inherent to the situation–from frostbite and broken limbs to a pack of voracious wolves–are explored in unpleasant detail, but what sets Frozen apart from a simple splatterfest is the quality of the performances, especially Bell, who rises above her character’s initial superficiality to present a wholly sympathetic character. ~Excerpt from Paul Gaita’s Amazon.com Editorial Review~