Brandon's Sundance 2010 Review: Adam Green's Frozen
by Brandon Lee Tenney
January 25, 2010
In the same vein as thrillers like Open Water and another film here, Buried, Adam Green's Frozen is--for the most part--a one-location horror-thriller. Here's the jist: three annoying, unlikeable college kids (Kevin Zegers, Shawn Ashmore, Emma Bell) get trapped on a ski lift without the hope of rescue ’cause they were stupid enough to bribe their way onto the slopes after closing time on a Sunday when they know full well that the resort doesn't reopen until the following Friday. From there, shit happens. It usually involves the cold and its effects on unprotected skin. Sometimes it involves wolves. And one time it involves urine.
If you're really looking forward to this film, my first nugget of advice would be to not look forward to this film. My second piece of advice would be to not watch the trailer. It literally spoils everything. And what it doesn't spoil, you can infer if you have even Abby Normal's brain. So, why does Frozen fail so miserably? Allow me to get all critical on its icy ass. First, the dialog is painfully tedious. The introduction attempts to endear the audience to these characters who we know will eventually endure great hardships. The introduction fails. Instead, they're just vacant. The kind of characters that, instead of rooting for them to survive, I was rooting for them to die. The decisions these characters make are, for the most part, idiotic.
Even the violence isn't shocking or anymore visceral than what I've seen before in other horror-thrillers. And it's slow. By slow, I mean boring. If a film is set in one location for most of the story, keep me guessing. Well, that goes for every film, but seriously, when the only thing I'm thinking about is how these characters' lips aren't getting chapped when the rest of their face is peeling the fuck off, I think it's time for a re-write.
Brandon's Sundance Rating: 3 out of 10
Note: The three points are for the wolves in the film. The best acting captured on camera.