Three friends go on a ski weekend and want to get one last run in before heading back home. The only problem is that it’s getting late and a storm is headed their way. No worries, they’ll be really fast about it. The ski lift attendant finally agrees, they grab their seats on the ski lift and up they go.
Unfortunately, through a series of random circumstances the ski lift gets shut down, the lights get turned off, all the workers head for home unaware that our three heroes have been left stranded high above the ground as the temperature begins to drop.
Frozen is nowhere near as good as the similar Open Water, but it has moments of being an effective little suspense/survival movie – just moments. The premise is pretty ludicrous, but if you can just swallow it then there are some pretty decent nail-biting scenes that come up. However, there’s not enough here to support an entire movie and things started to really get stretched to fill up the time.
The three actors – Kevin Zegers, Shawn Ashmore and Emma Bell are all likable enough. Writer/director Adam Green tries to flesh these three out, which is good since the movie basically consists of watching them sit on this ski lift and waiting alongside them. So you have to give them some interesting stuff to say and create some dynamics between the three of them that will engage us. They don’t.
They’re given some hackneyed backstories which we awkwardly learn about in clunky scenes between the tension. They’re not interesting and feel crowbarred in. So other than yelling for help, looking cold and muttering “Oh my God”, the three don’t have much important things to say to us or each other.
This is a creative little “what would you do” premise. Asking your friend that question and listening to their response and their reasoning would probably be more entertaining overall.
There are a few fun gross out moments, along with a few tense segments – as long as you can look past the logic and the cloudy thinking of how they ended up there. But things started to get so ridiculous and unbelievable it got me laughing, which I don’t think was the goal of this movie.