Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Seth David Mitchell
What's it about
A dude talks his lady into taking a trip to the mountains. They pick a foolish time to go, as the weather is horrible and the destination is remote, even for experienced hikers. After an inevitable snowmobile accident, Mike and Emma are forced to contend with a weirdo hunter and supernatural visions.
Is it good movie?
The Frozen is one of those films that tries to zero in on the emotional
tension of a couple as they endure hardship when the going gets tough.
Mike (Seth David Mitchell) and Emma (Brit Morgan) are in the mountains
together because Mike wants to be alone with Emma (who is newly with
child). Emma's of course reluctant but goes along for the ride to
please Mike- and perhaps to tell him that she's carrying his child.
These tense relationship studies can be pretty interesting and I'm
usually down to get involved when watching them. Unfortunately for The
Frozen, this one is almost preposterous from the outset. Emma comes off
really mean, while Mike is dull and subdued. The two of them just don't
have any chemistry and it feels like they just don't know each other
well at all. These two people seem to spend most of their time arguing-
he wants to get married and she's pregnant and they just can't deal
with this stuff properly. By the time one of them disappears, it feels
good because they finally stop.
To be fair, things do ramp up fairly evenly during the first half of
the film, as I'm all too familiar with the situation- the guy tries
hard to stay positive, while the girl is constantly skeptical and
squashes everything. As for the hunter who's a presence, the dude
really doesn't do much and isn't overly scary. Sure, he's creeping
around, but is ultimately kind of handsome..he serves a purpose, but
it's only revealed later on in the film.
Anyway, I digress. Another issue I had with the movie is that the
pacing is a bit off, and leads you to wonder just why this movie ended
up being a feature length film. When Emma is alone, we see a whole
bunch of opportune time to develop her character. We can learn her
thoughts, understand her motivations, explore her psyche. Instead of
this happening, Emma is just bumbling around in the woods, eating or
napping or whatever (and while napping, she sees scary images full of
loud noises and other zaniness). This was a real missed opportunity to
learn more about her, although this is no fault of Brit Morgan, who's
doing her best with what she's got. She tries to pull off the whole
"descent into fear" thing but her inner journey is just a little thin,
You should also know that this whole movie leads to a twist, and it's
one that actually did get me by surprise. Somehow it didn't blow my
mind, but it did surprise me. This twist is The Frozen's "raison
d'etre" and the film relies heavily on it, though it doesn't hold up to
The Frozen is a good start for first time writer/director Andrew Hyatt,
though it's got some real issues. I enjoyed watching it once despite
its flaws, for the more clever elements the film presents.
Video / Audio
Video is presented in widescreen, and looks just fine but
has no aspect ratio listed.
Audio comes in Dolby 5.1 and is well mixed, and
fairly well balanced. Pretty good!
Nothing to see here..
It doesn't really focus on the supernatural, and when you don't buy the
relationship, you might not buy the movie. With that said, this is a
decent sophomore effort from Andrew Hyatt that is totally passable as a
rental. Check it out as a second choice.