Don't you hate it when you go skiing and you and your friends accidentally get stuck on a ski lift high in the air and the resort shuts down for the week and no one knows you're there and you have to figure out if you should stay put and freeze to death or attempt to jump down to the ground and risk getting your legs broken and getting eaten by a pack of wolves? Yeah. I hate when that happens.
Mere days after premiering at Sundance, Adam Green's nifty and nasty little thriller—which opened this weekend in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Dallas, Denver, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, and Chicago and may expand to other cities next week—takes place mostly on a chairlift in the dead of winter.
Through a set of unfortunate circumstances, the three appealing lead characters—with an instantly recognizable relationship dynamic (a couple and a third-wheel best friend)—become trapped high above ground and have to figure out how to get out of their predicament. I don't want to give away too much, but I should mention that, although there's nothing supernatural involved here, the film is unexpectedly gruesome. I had to look away multiple times, groaned in disgust, and contorted in my chair from tension.
The characters—portrayed by the beautiful Kevin Zegers (remember the super hot son in Transamerica?), Emma Bell, and Shawn Ashmore (you know, Ice Man!)—are a scooch more interesting than the ones in Open Water, which shares Frozen's premise somewhat (Open Water features characters stuck in a shark-infested ocean), and the pacing moves along at a clip much faster than Paranormal Activity, which shares Frozen's sense of claustrophobic terror.
I like Frozen more, as evidenced by how many times in the theater that I actually uttered things like, "Jesus Christ!"; "oh my god!"; and "heeeeel nah!"
Adam Green, I don't know who you are and I'm too lazy to look you up (it's late, and there's sorbet in the freezer), but I salute you. And if I ever bump into you, I will say, "Heeeel nah!" You know why? Because of that one scene. You know the scene. The scene where I was all like, "Stop showing that thing! For the love of all that is holy, stop showing that thing!"