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Three snowboarders get stranded on the chairlift before their last run. The ski patrol switches off the night lights and they realize with growing panic that they've been left behind, dangling high off the ground with no way down. This is a simple, yet brilliant plot. With the short premise, it sounds ridiculous and unrealistic, but the situation of the trio getting stuck on the chairlift is quite believable. The script is written well for the most part. The first half of the film is just too set with humor that won't make many audiences laugh. However, once the panic sets, there's a decent amount of dialogue going back and forth between the characters. This could be a huge weight on the writer, but Adam Green does a terrific job with handling and placing the dialogue.
The triad of characters include Emma Bell, Shawn Ashmore, and Kevin Zegers. Emma Bell and Shawn Ashmore shine like the stars in this film. Emma Bell puts on a beautiful performance and handles some difficult lines well. Shawn Ashmore gives a marvelous performance. Since this is a character driven film, good acting is critical. These two actors don't disappoint.
As amazing as it sounds, it's the truth. Adam Green took his cast and crew to Utah to film this film in the real cold with no CGI or green screen. This movie was filmed on a ski lift in the freezing cold. This truly gives the film an even more realistic feel to it that could never have been done with computer graphics. The gruesome moments are kept to a minimum with most of the violence happening off screen. However, the gags that are used are life-like and done well. The cinematography and camera work are phenomenal.
Some may call Frozen slow and boring, but it's pure tension. The entire film has incredible suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat for the entire flick. Some parts of the movie are emotionally hard to watch, just to think of the agonizing pain of the cold. You'll feel just as if you are on the lift with the three leads. Frozen is scary, intense, and is one of the best thrillers of recent time.
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