Frozen (2010 American film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Adam Green|
|Produced by||Peter Block
|Written by||Adam Green|
|Music by||Andy Garfield|
|Editing by||Ed Marx|
|Studio||A Bigger Boat
|Distributed by||Anchor Bay Films|
|Running time||93 minutes|
||This article's plot summary may be too long or excessively detailed. (January 2014)|
Childhood friends Dan Walker (Kevin Zegers) and Joe Lynch (Shawn Ashmore) along with Dan's girlfriend Parker O'Neill (Emma Bell) spend a Sunday afternoon at a New England ski resort on Mount Holliston. The guys are eager to take one last run down the mountain before they go home. However, the ski resort decides to close early because a storm is moving in.
The friends convince the ski lift attendant to let them on one last time. Before the group gets all the way to the top, the attendant is called into the boss's office and is replaced by a co-worker. As he leaves, he tells the co-worker that there are only three skiers left. Another set of three skiers comes down the mountain. When he sees them, he shuts down the ski lift stranding the three central characters in their ski lift chair far above the ground.
Parker, knows the ski slopes have closed for the week. Dan realizes he has no choice but to jump from the ski lift chair and get help, as they will not survive up there in the bitter cold until Friday.
Dan jumps off the lift and suffers a compound fracture in both of his legs. Later on, he is approached by a wolf. Joe, now fearing for Dan's safety, decides to try and get to the ground by traversing the cable. However, he returns to his chair because Dan has now been surrounded by a pack of wolves who attack and devour him.
After a few hours, Joe traverses the ski lift cable, and this time safely climbs down the ladder of a support pole. After fighting off a pair of wolves by using a ski pole, Joe slides down the mountain on Parker's snowboard, planning to return with help for her; the wolves chase after him.
Parker begins to try and jump down herself, but is injured after the lift chair falls on her ankle. She then slides and crawls down the mountain, pausing when she sees a streak of blood in the snow. Parker sees that the wolf pack has caught and killed Joe. Parker makes it the rest of the way down the mountain to a nearby road. Eventually a car appears and the driver stops to assist her. The film ends with Parker's eyes closing as she hears the driver telling her in Dan's voice, "It's going to be okay, baby. It's going to be okay."
- Emma Bell as Parker O'Neill
- Shawn Ashmore as Joe Lynch
- Kevin Zegers as Dan Walker
- Rileah Vanderbilt as Shannon
- Adam Stedman as Irish Dignitary/Additional Voices
- Ed Ackerman as Jason
- Adam Johnson as Rifkin
- Christopher York as Ryan
- Peder Melhuse as Driver
- Kane Hodder as Cody
- Will Barratt as Sullivan
- Adam Green as Guy on Chairlift #1
- Joe Lynch as Guy on Chairlift #2
- Cody Blue Snider as Twisted Sister fan in cafeteria
While playing at Sundance, the film caused quite a stir with numerous faintings reported from audience members that could not handle the tension of the film. One such fainting happened at the Tower Theater in Salt Lake City. Frozen also opened the Glasgow FrightFest. On February 5, the film had multiple screens in areas in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Dallas, Denver, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, and Chicago.
The film premiered on February 5, 2010 with the entire cast and crew at Mann Chinese 6 on Hollywood Blvd. Frozen was released in Malaysia on June 24, 2010.
Frozen opened to a first weekend box office of $131,395. It underperformed the following weeks. Internationally, the film earned over $2.4 million, bringing its total gross receipts to slightly less than $2.7 million. At its widest domestic release, it screened in 106 theaters.
The film was released on a single disc DVD and Blu-ray on September 28, 2010. Bonus features include an audio commentary with writer/director Adam Green and the leads Shawn Ashmore, Kevin Zegers, and Emma Bell; the documentaries "Catching Frostbite: The Origins of Frozen", "Three Below Zero", "Shooting Through It", and "Beating the Mountain: Surviving Frozen"; deleted scenes; and the official theatrical trailer. The Blu-ray features an exclusive commentary from Adam Green, cinematographer Will Barratt, and editor Ed Marx.
A soundtrack album consisting of the film's complete score, composed by Andy Garfield was released by 2M1 Records Group in January 2011. It is available in a limited pressed run of 500 copies signed by Garfield and Adam Green. The album was produced by George Fox. Additionally, it has been released on iTunes and Amazon as a download.
Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 61% of 89 surveyed critics gave it a positive review, and the average rating was 5.8/10; the site's consensus is: "Writer/director Adam Green has the beginnings of an inventive, frightening yarn in Frozen, but neither the script nor the cast are quite strong enough to truly do it justice". Critic Richard Roeper called the film "an entertaining, suspense-filled, sometimes wonderfully grotesque little scarefest", though the Hollywood Reporter commented that it "is not written, directed, or acted well enough to be a first-rate thriller". Jeannette Catsoulis of The New York Times made it a NYT Critics' Pick and wrote, "A minimalist setup delivers maximum fright in "Frozen," a nifty little chiller that balances its cold terrain with an unexpectedly warm heart." Peter Debruge of Variety wrote, "Don’t be surprised if the movie’s most wince-inducing moments come not from the "disturbing images" (as the MPAA describes the sight of a leg bone sticking six inches out of one character's ski pants) but rather of the bad acting and worse dialogue."
Notably, the film was received extremely poorly among ski industry executives and experts, primarily for what they termed to be the "ridiculous" nature of the plot. Twitter and Facebook updates from ski resorts, skiers, and manufacturers in the lead-in to Frozen's official release lampooned the film.
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