Halloween Countdown 2011: Day Two – Frozen

From: October 3, 2011

I was pretty skeptical about this Full Moon release, but aside from spending the whole movie telling the actors what to do, it was fun. In fact….telling the actors what to do was fun too. frozen-poster

My understanding is that theatre goers fainted while watching this movie, and not in a damsel in distress kind of way. Given the number of sudden, violent injuries; I can totally see why viewers with a low ick factor couldn’t bear it. Think the sliced Achilles tendon scene of House of Wax, or game footage of soccer player’s snapping appendages. Add wolves to the equation, and that’s Frozen. Three young adults find themselves trapped fifty feet above ground on a ski lift, during a closing week, in below zero weather. As you can imagine, everything that can go wrong, does.

It may sound really boring, given that the entire story takes place in one location; the ski lift. But, Hitchcock fans will recall how effective this sort of set constraint was for Lifeboat, or Buried starring Ryan Reynolds. The script totally makes up for the meager set every time. As you may know, when script writers can use peculiarities in set to their advantage, I’m always impressed. A lot can be said for a film that holds up under the pressure of not have B-roll and multiple plot lines to fall back on, and really a lot of that weight also falls on the shoulders of the cast. In the case of Frozen, I have to say that I was pleased with the performances of Shawn Ashmore (I can never tell these twins apart), and two hence unknown talents, Emma Bell and Kevin Zegers.

Overall, very original.

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