DVD Review: Frozen (2010)

Frozen DVD CoverDistributor: Momentum Pictures

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Adam Green

Starring: Shawn Ashmore, Emma Bell, Kevin Zegers, Kane Hodder, Rileah Vanderbilt, Adam Johnson, Ed Ackerman

Directed by Hatchet director Adma Green, Frozen revolves around the trio of Dan (Kevin Zegers – Wrong Turn), his girlfriend Parker (Emma Bell – Final Destination 5) and best friend Joe (Shawn Ashmore – X-Men) who have gone to the ski slopes of Mount Holliston to have a weekend of fun and frolics. Having spent the day accommodating Parker on the beginner’s slopes, as evening hits the group bribe the cable car worker to let them ride up to the bigger slopes before closing time. After the attendant leaves his post and has a communication mix-up with his replacement, the power is switched off and the resort is closed for the week, leaving the trio left stranded high up the slopes in their cable car. So do they jump, climb or swing their way down, or stay where they are and freeze to death whilst waiting to be rescued?

Of course, it wouldn’t be much of a movie if they just sat there for 90 minutes and froze themselves solid but to go into detail about what they do would reveal too much. Needless to say, Frozen plays out like all of the best disaster/peril movies, forcing the viewer to empathise with its characters in a ‘what-would-I-do?’ kind of way, and as the situation the characters find themselves in is simple and almost ‘everyday’ (if you spend everyday on ski slopes, that is) the tension and sense of drama is truly stunning.

Forcing home the point that less is more, Adam Green has totally changed tactics from the overly immature (in a good way, of course) Hatchet series, which was crammed full of obvious genre references and OTT gore, and has made a movie that will resonate in the memory a lot longer than possibly any recent movie in this field. Green uses his camera angles to great effect, making what is essentially a one-scene movie seem a lot bigger than it is and he also makes great use of the bleak backgrounds creating a very real sense of isolation.

That said, it is possible to nit-pick some of the actions that the characters decide to take but that is just nit-picking. The three main leads all play their parts convincingly as their characters have to face up to the harsh reality that they may not survive for much longer and the tension is cranked up to the maximum all the way to the end. Believable, harrowing, engaging and just purely terrifying, Frozen ticks all the boxes for what a suspense/thriller/horror movie should provide and proves that Adam Green is more than a one-trick pony as far as filmmaking goes.

Frozen

Special Features: Audio commentary with writer/director Adam Green and actors Shawn Ashmore, Kevin Zegers and Emma Bell, Catching Frostbite: The Origins of Frozen featurette, Three Below Zero featurette, Shooting Through It featurette, Beating the Mountain: Surviving Frozen featurette, deleted scenes, theatrical trailer.

UK Release Date: 18th October 2010

Adam Green – Website

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