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Review: Frozen (Sundance)

Feb. 3, 2010by: Chris Bumbray


PLOT: Three skiers (Emma Bell, Shawn Ashmore, and Kevin Zegers) find themselves stranded on a chair-lift. With the resort not due to re-open for five days, the three skiers must find a way off the ski lift, lest they freeze to death. Alas, freezing ends up being the least of their worries once a pack of hungry wolves start circling below them.

REVIEW: Upon reading the plot synopsis of FROZEN in the Sundance Film guide, I immediately started to feel queasy. I dont do so well with heights, and theres nothing that I hate more than taking chair-lift rides. The idea of being stuck on one literally scares me shitless, so suffice to say FROZEN is my idea of a truly scary film.


Like most good horror flicks, it takes awhile for FROZEN to get going. The first twenty minutes of this film are pretty lame, with our three dumbass heroes sneaking onto the chairlift to avoid paying full price, and bickering amongst themselves. However, once they get stuck on the lift this really becomes a white- knuckle thriller. Every single winter fear is exploited here, including several brutal shots showing the effect of frost-bite. Late in the film, we get a truly grim scene where one of the skiers tries to escape the chair-lift and gets a couple of really nasty compound fractures, leading to more than a few screams of terror at the screening I attended.

And then there are the wolves

As far as Im concerned, this is the one area where the film really goes wrong, as the premise was scary enough without the addition of ravenous wolves. The similarly themed BURIED makes a similar mistake with the introduction of a poisonous snake to the plot, and I suppose these complications are just ways of adding some action to both movies, but really- whats the point?


Killer wolves aside, FROZEN is nevertheless one crazily effective thriller, and probably the only film Ive seen in months to truly make me squirm in my seat. Luckily, audiences will be able to experience the terror themselves with FROZEN due to hit theaters shortly. I cant recommend this enough to horror fans, as its a truly frightening, and enjoyable ride. Just dont plan on taking any ski trips afterwards; as this does for skiing what JAWS did for the ocean. Im sure this is exactly what the filmmakers were going for, with the production company behind this even being named A Bigger Boat Productions. Between this, and his previous film, HATCHET, director Adam Green is really on a roll. I wonder what primal fear his next film will tap into. Clowns anyone?

RATING: 8/10

Additional Sundance reviews: WELCOME TO THE RILEYS - SYMPATHY FOR DELICIOUS - BLUE VALENTINE - BURIED - HOLY ROLLERS - TUCKER AND DALE VS. EVIL - THE RUNAWAYS - HESHER- HIGH SCHOOL- JACK GOES BOATING- THE KILLER INSIDE ME - CYRUS - HAPPYTHANKYOUMOREPLEASE - NOWHERE BOY - MOTHER AND CHILD - GET LOW

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1:06PM on 02/05/2010

slimbo is an idiot

and a hypocrite. He bitches at people for not seeing this movie and criticizing it, but I remember him saying this months back, "im glad drag me to hell bombed because pg-13 horror movies are for pussies," (or something along those lines and he didn't even see it). Well Drag Me to Hell is far scarier than Rob Zombie's Halloween 2 or any other R-rated "hardcore" horror movie in the past thirty years.

Just pointing that out.
and a hypocrite. He bitches at people for not seeing this movie and criticizing it, but I remember him saying this months back, "im glad drag me to hell bombed because pg-13 horror movies are for pussies," (or something along those lines and he didn't even see it). Well Drag Me to Hell is far scarier than Rob Zombie's Halloween 2 or any other R-rated "hardcore" horror movie in the past thirty years.

Just pointing that out.
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6:48PM on 02/03/2010

??

Are people talking shit on the movie before they've even seen it? That's foolishness. I think someone has more of a right to review the film the way they want to over someone trashing the film without even seeing it.
Are people talking shit on the movie before they've even seen it? That's foolishness. I think someone has more of a right to review the film the way they want to over someone trashing the film without even seeing it.
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4:59PM on 02/03/2010

JUST A REMINDER....

Not sure how a few of you keep forgetting this (and certain comments have been DELETED and members BANNED), but we do NOT allow "writer abuse" (i.e. this guy sucks) and/or insults towards our writers or other members of our site.

If you can't debate/argue your points without resorting to immature put-downs, our site is probably NOT for you anyway. Thanks for understanding.
Not sure how a few of you keep forgetting this (and certain comments have been DELETED and members BANNED), but we do NOT allow "writer abuse" (i.e. this guy sucks) and/or insults towards our writers or other members of our site.

If you can't debate/argue your points without resorting to immature put-downs, our site is probably NOT for you anyway. Thanks for understanding.
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3:50PM on 02/03/2010

What?

What makes the wolves so crappy? I need more to understand if I'm going to watch this movie or not. It sounds bad and I can't imagine even watching twenty minutes of teenagers stuck on a chair lift, let alone a full hour and a half or so....
What makes the wolves so crappy? I need more to understand if I'm going to watch this movie or not. It sounds bad and I can't imagine even watching twenty minutes of teenagers stuck on a chair lift, let alone a full hour and a half or so....
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3:42PM on 02/03/2010

Why I don't like the review

It's not that I disagree with the films he likes. I don't give a s**t what films he likes. And it's not like I want to crucify the dude for writing a crap review. I'm sure he's a fine fellow. It just bothers me when there's little to no attention to detail. I don't feel he's writing a clear thesis backed by any evidence to support his opinion. He's included almost no characterization in his piece. There isn't really a clear list of criteria for which he can base his judgement. And blah, blah,
It's not that I disagree with the films he likes. I don't give a s**t what films he likes. And it's not like I want to crucify the dude for writing a crap review. I'm sure he's a fine fellow. It just bothers me when there's little to no attention to detail. I don't feel he's writing a clear thesis backed by any evidence to support his opinion. He's included almost no characterization in his piece. There isn't really a clear list of criteria for which he can base his judgement. And blah, blah, blah--I'm not going to list the ways in which to properly execute a review. I'm simply reviewing his work with the most cursory of glances, much in the same way he's approaching these films. It's the internet. Anyone one with two fingers and a heartbeat can be a "journalist." We are living in Generation "wha? Huh?"
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3:55PM on 02/03/2010
Fair enough Kyle. I my own defense, you must remember that I saw this at Sundance. Each day I was seeing AT LEAST 3-4 films, and on the day I saw FROZEN I saw 5. After a while the films just start to blend together, so I couldn`t really go too heavily into details as some of the specifics are a bit hazy at this point. Also- I HATE giving away too much about movies, as I feel people should go in as fresh as possible.
Fair enough Kyle. I my own defense, you must remember that I saw this at Sundance. Each day I was seeing AT LEAST 3-4 films, and on the day I saw FROZEN I saw 5. After a while the films just start to blend together, so I couldn`t really go too heavily into details as some of the specifics are a bit hazy at this point. Also- I HATE giving away too much about movies, as I feel people should go in as fresh as possible.
4:08PM on 02/03/2010
I can imagine it'd be hard to overcome that much input in such a short period of time.
I can imagine it'd be hard to overcome that much input in such a short period of time.
4:56PM on 02/03/2010
And you're absolutely right Chris, if you give too many details, people will complain and if you give too litte...same result. Your reviews are great, no question!
And you're absolutely right Chris, if you give too many details, people will complain and if you give too litte...same result. Your reviews are great, no question!
3:34PM on 02/03/2010

Okaayyy...

I've been bothered ever since i saw the trailer cuz I think of half a dozen ways to get off the lift, but maybe this'll be worth a try on DVD based on this review...

I am still waaayy skeptical...
I've been bothered ever since i saw the trailer cuz I think of half a dozen ways to get off the lift, but maybe this'll be worth a try on DVD based on this review...

I am still waaayy skeptical...
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3:22PM on 02/03/2010

Bottom line....

I'm defending Chris' review as well, I never said his review isn't valid. I'll even see the film as well at some point. I just didn't like the concept from the beginning and that's my opinion. Doesn't make me right or wrong.

I gotta admit though, I hated "The Box".
I'm defending Chris' review as well, I never said his review isn't valid. I'll even see the film as well at some point. I just didn't like the concept from the beginning and that's my opinion. Doesn't make me right or wrong.

I gotta admit though, I hated "The Box".
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3:46PM on 02/03/2010
Oh no I wasn't really directing that at you, I was talking about the ones that directly called him out. And I didn't really like The Box either. I thought it was definitely an interesting failure though.
Oh no I wasn't really directing that at you, I was talking about the ones that directly called him out. And I didn't really like The Box either. I thought it was definitely an interesting failure though.
4:54PM on 02/03/2010
I hear ya bud, thanks!
I hear ya bud, thanks!
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3:21PM on 02/03/2010
Just because Bumbray didn't like all the same movies as you guys doesn't mean you gotta give him shit about it. The point of this site is to spark arguments or debate about movies. Not all the time of course, sometimes you just wanna see a cool trailer or hear news about an upcoming project. But it's good that he doesn't agree with everything you agree with. The Box is a polarizing film and definitely an acquired taste so I could see how someone might like it. Anyway, I don't really care either
Just because Bumbray didn't like all the same movies as you guys doesn't mean you gotta give him shit about it. The point of this site is to spark arguments or debate about movies. Not all the time of course, sometimes you just wanna see a cool trailer or hear news about an upcoming project. But it's good that he doesn't agree with everything you agree with. The Box is a polarizing film and definitely an acquired taste so I could see how someone might like it. Anyway, I don't really care either away about "Frozen" I just think it's kind of shitty to get on him for his reviews.
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3:06PM on 02/03/2010

i REALLY hope..

they better have a scene where they explicitly lose/break/don't bring a cell phone. or else this is gonna be laaaaaaaaaaame.
they better have a scene where they explicitly lose/break/don't bring a cell phone. or else this is gonna be laaaaaaaaaaame.
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2:54PM on 02/03/2010

Chris -- Question

How was the characterization in this? Did you really care about these guys on the lift? Or is the audience just literally stuck with them for the ride? I'm guessing that'll be at least some point of contention in the film's reception.

And RottenTomatoes is currently showing an even split, 6 v. 6 at the moment, if anyone's wondering.
How was the characterization in this? Did you really care about these guys on the lift? Or is the audience just literally stuck with them for the ride? I'm guessing that'll be at least some point of contention in the film's reception.

And RottenTomatoes is currently showing an even split, 6 v. 6 at the moment, if anyone's wondering.
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2:58PM on 02/03/2010
The characters are fairly two-dimensional and bland. That`s one area that BURIED destroys FROZEN- Reynolds is certainly not bland. However, crappy characters aside it`s still a very fun flick.
The characters are fairly two-dimensional and bland. That`s one area that BURIED destroys FROZEN- Reynolds is certainly not bland. However, crappy characters aside it`s still a very fun flick.
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1:47PM on 02/03/2010
Even though the concept seems a little silly, I think it looks alright. I'm not going to discount it because I refuse to believe that a ski resort employee couldn't fuck up his job. Besides, I thought Hatchet was a blast. By the way, Green's next is Hatchet 2!
Even though the concept seems a little silly, I think it looks alright. I'm not going to discount it because I refuse to believe that a ski resort employee couldn't fuck up his job. Besides, I thought Hatchet was a blast. By the way, Green's next is Hatchet 2!
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1:39PM on 02/03/2010

Sundance

I saw Frozen at Sundance as well. Its a pretty entertaining for what it is, but I'm surprised that Chris Bumbray gave this a slightly higher rating than Buried.
I saw Frozen at Sundance as well. Its a pretty entertaining for what it is, but I'm surprised that Chris Bumbray gave this a slightly higher rating than Buried.
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2:26PM on 02/03/2010
I just thought BURIED went on a little long, while FROZEN maintained a certain level of tension. Both good movies though...
I just thought BURIED went on a little long, while FROZEN maintained a certain level of tension. Both good movies though...
1:27PM on 02/03/2010

WTFrozen

I have an even scarier film plot: 3 Tweens sneak into a movie theater to watch Frozen and get locked in forcing them to watch it too many times until they all die.
I have an even scarier film plot: 3 Tweens sneak into a movie theater to watch Frozen and get locked in forcing them to watch it too many times until they all die.
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1:23PM on 02/03/2010

Hatchet was stupid but...

that premise sound interesting. And seriously shit like that happens (just like the "Open Water"-movies) and pretty much nobody can tell what to do if he or she havent been in this situation. Just sayin...for all those smartasses out there
that premise sound interesting. And seriously shit like that happens (just like the "Open Water"-movies) and pretty much nobody can tell what to do if he or she havent been in this situation. Just sayin...for all those smartasses out there
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12:22PM on 02/03/2010

Sulaco...

I'm not saying its a difficult task to get people down, I'm just saying that there are so many ways to survive this situation and the fact that in real-life, it's standard procedure to count all the chair lifts in a cyle and make sure no one is on them before they shut down for the day. The plot fails before it even begins.
I'm not saying its a difficult task to get people down, I'm just saying that there are so many ways to survive this situation and the fact that in real-life, it's standard procedure to count all the chair lifts in a cyle and make sure no one is on them before they shut down for the day. The plot fails before it even begins.
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12:26PM on 02/03/2010
In defense of a film about which I have doubts, we haven't actually seen it. They would HAVE to have taken care of this plot point to maintain credibility, especially in the crucial opening minutes of the film. The fact that they sneak a ride means somebody didn't SEE them.

On the flip side, haha, we haven't see it. So they could have majorly screwed up.
In defense of a film about which I have doubts, we haven't actually seen it. They would HAVE to have taken care of this plot point to maintain credibility, especially in the crucial opening minutes of the film. The fact that they sneak a ride means somebody didn't SEE them.

On the flip side, haha, we haven't see it. So they could have majorly screwed up.
12:29PM on 02/03/2010
I hear ya Outsider, I'm not trying to judge early. I'm just thinking of how I would react in this situation.

But I know for a fact that they still check all the lifts at the end of the day regardless so it annoys me.
I hear ya Outsider, I'm not trying to judge early. I'm just thinking of how I would react in this situation.

But I know for a fact that they still check all the lifts at the end of the day regardless so it annoys me.
12:34PM on 02/03/2010
Annoyance noted, boss. Either way, this has sparked a lively debate. Bet the film will make a shit ton of money. Considering its ultra-low budget, it doesn't have to make much more than a couple mil to get into the profit zone.
Annoyance noted, boss. Either way, this has sparked a lively debate. Bet the film will make a shit ton of money. Considering its ultra-low budget, it doesn't have to make much more than a couple mil to get into the profit zone.
12:55PM on 02/03/2010
since officers of the Accuracy-to [link] Police are out on the net criticizing movies, you guys should write the producers letting them know about their citations. I would tell you to cite QT and James Cameron as well, but youre too busy slobbin their wangs. BTW, mythbusters proved that the bus from Speed can't jump a 50 foot gap. That movie sure does suck now, huh?
since officers of the Accuracy-to [link] Police are out on the net criticizing movies, you guys should write the producers letting them know about their citations. I would tell you to cite QT and James Cameron as well, but youre too busy slobbin their wangs. BTW, mythbusters proved that the bus from Speed can't jump a 50 foot gap. That movie sure does suck now, huh?
12:18PM on 02/03/2010
Hatchet sucked so much balls, I hope this is better.
Hatchet sucked so much balls, I hope this is better.
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12:14PM on 02/03/2010

Slimbo Reply - Part II

Right, this movie was definitely made to "entertain" us. You obviously get pleasure out of watching people freeze to death right?

So by saying what you're saying, if there's a real-life situation in a movie where a guy beats a child to death and never goes to jail, you're saying that's acceptable just because it's in a movie?

And don't question my intelligence about whether it's a movie or not because I understand fully. I just can't stand a film that makes our youth look like fucking
Right, this movie was definitely made to "entertain" us. You obviously get pleasure out of watching people freeze to death right?

So by saying what you're saying, if there's a real-life situation in a movie where a guy beats a child to death and never goes to jail, you're saying that's acceptable just because it's in a movie?

And don't question my intelligence about whether it's a movie or not because I understand fully. I just can't stand a film that makes our youth look like fucking retards which is exactly what this movie looks like.
I'll see the movie regardless but my opinion stands.
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12:11PM on 02/03/2010

Slimbo Reply

First off, I fully admit to having not seen this yet. I'm merely speculating just upon hearing the concept and a positive review. Isn't that what the site is for? Discussion? Speculation? Secondly, if you yourself have checked the definition of "ignorance," then "gayest comment ever" wouldn't have come out of your educated mouth. Grow up and use a more polite phrase. "Dumbest ever" would've sufficed.

And if you don't like Basterds, whatever. Cool. Don't watch it again. I personally
First off, I fully admit to having not seen this yet. I'm merely speculating just upon hearing the concept and a positive review. Isn't that what the site is for? Discussion? Speculation? Secondly, if you yourself have checked the definition of "ignorance," then "gayest comment ever" wouldn't have come out of your educated mouth. Grow up and use a more polite phrase. "Dumbest ever" would've sufficed.

And if you don't like Basterds, whatever. Cool. Don't watch it again. I personally feel that it's fun and clever in that it twists the expectations of the audience. In the back of my mind first viewing, I'm thinking, "This can't all just be thwarted in the end. These guys have to come out on top." And for the sake of the story, Tarantino gave us the ending it deserved -- the Basterds triumphant (...or is that comment gay, too?). And in the CONTEXT of his story, that outcome was inevitable, though prime for debate in terms of its absurdity. I'm not calling Tarantino a poor writer, because I personally believed the ending was satisfying, serving the story ahead of being bound to predictable historical accounts. Again, if you didn't like it, that's totally and understandably fine.

But it's all subjective, dude. Chill the hell out and go/don't go see this. I'm intrigued by the review, as stated, but I can still speculate as to whether or not I wanna fork over MY money to see it.
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1:10PM on 02/03/2010
i never said i didnt like Bastards. Im simply saying that a movie thats even nominated for best picture can be complete BULLSHIT with a stupid and ridiculous plot.
i never said i didnt like Bastards. Im simply saying that a movie thats even nominated for best picture can be complete BULLSHIT with a stupid and ridiculous plot.
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11:53AM on 02/03/2010
I used to work at a ski lodge, and it's a friggin' task to get people down that are stuck on a malfunctioning lift WHEN THE LODGE IS OPEN...let alone when the place would be closed for 5 days.
I used to work at a ski lodge, and it's a friggin' task to get people down that are stuck on a malfunctioning lift WHEN THE LODGE IS OPEN...let alone when the place would be closed for 5 days.
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12:03PM on 02/03/2010
Then at your ski lodge bud, you guys never check the chairs to make sure no one is on them right?
Then at your ski lodge bud, you guys never check the chairs to make sure no one is on them right?
1:06PM on 02/03/2010
elder, some ski resorts are HUGE. and sometimes, after working for hours, some people just wanna get the hell home and are lazy when it comes to checkin out every nick and crany when leaving work. people on a ski lift could easily be overlooked. its very, VERY plausible. your looking for any answer to try to get people to agree with you and youre being outlandish.
elder, some ski resorts are HUGE. and sometimes, after working for hours, some people just wanna get the hell home and are lazy when it comes to checkin out every nick and crany when leaving work. people on a ski lift could easily be overlooked. its very, VERY plausible. your looking for any answer to try to get people to agree with you and youre being outlandish.
11:35AM on 02/03/2010

Whoa

Ok I am not saying this looks like the best movie ever, but I love the people who are claiming they could easily escape this situation. Maybe you could, but then again maybe you couldn't. Don't be ignorant though, you have never been in this particular situation so keep an open mind eh? This looks like Open Water on a ski lift. I will check it out.
Ok I am not saying this looks like the best movie ever, but I love the people who are claiming they could easily escape this situation. Maybe you could, but then again maybe you couldn't. Don't be ignorant though, you have never been in this particular situation so keep an open mind eh? This looks like Open Water on a ski lift. I will check it out.
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11:02AM on 02/03/2010
First off, I love Adam Green ever since Hatchet. Second, this seems more realistic to me than lumbering serial killers. Maybe not the wolf part but the getting stuck in the cold part. I can't wait to see it.
First off, I love Adam Green ever since Hatchet. Second, this seems more realistic to me than lumbering serial killers. Maybe not the wolf part but the getting stuck in the cold part. I can't wait to see it.
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10:40AM on 02/03/2010

Still missing it slimbo....

Bud, you're still missing the point. FROZEN is a 100% real-life situation, there's no aliens, no monsters, no ghosts, nothing but three people stranded on a chair lift and the director expects the audience to be dumb enough to think they're actually in any form of danger.

The director is insulting the audience's intelligence in my opinion.
Bud, you're still missing the point. FROZEN is a 100% real-life situation, there's no aliens, no monsters, no ghosts, nothing but three people stranded on a chair lift and the director expects the audience to be dumb enough to think they're actually in any form of danger.

The director is insulting the audience's intelligence in my opinion.
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11:28AM on 02/03/2010
no, youre missing the point: its a fucking movie. made for entertainment purposes. i'm questioning your intelligence on whether you realize that its a movie - made for entertainment.
no, youre missing the point: its a fucking movie. made for entertainment purposes. i'm questioning your intelligence on whether you realize that its a movie - made for entertainment.
12:12PM on 02/03/2010
Right, this movie was definitely made to "entertain" us. You obviously get pleasure out of watching people freeze to death right?

So by saying what you're saying, if there's a real-life situation in a movie where a guy beats a child to death and never goes to jail, you're telling that's acceptable just because it's in a movie?
Right, this movie was definitely made to "entertain" us. You obviously get pleasure out of watching people freeze to death right?

So by saying what you're saying, if there's a real-life situation in a movie where a guy beats a child to death and never goes to jail, you're telling that's acceptable just because it's in a movie?
10:27AM on 02/03/2010

Lol slimbo...lol!

Bud, you're so missing our point. We're not complaining that the FROZEN is just a bunch of characters "talking" and that makes it a stupid movie.

We're talking about the fact that in *yell for the cheap seats* "REAL LIFE!!", the kids in the chair lift would have to be absolutely retarded to not be able to survive this situation. Do you know how many countless ways there would be to get down? Do you know how many skiers in REAL LIFE actually jump off the chair lifts all the time to hit the
Bud, you're so missing our point. We're not complaining that the FROZEN is just a bunch of characters "talking" and that makes it a stupid movie.

We're talking about the fact that in *yell for the cheap seats* "REAL LIFE!!", the kids in the chair lift would have to be absolutely retarded to not be able to survive this situation. Do you know how many countless ways there would be to get down? Do you know how many skiers in REAL LIFE actually jump off the chair lifts all the time to hit the hill sooner?

And why are you comparing this discussion to INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS?
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10:35AM on 02/03/2010
i used it as an example of how all movies are stupid in some way. You can say the same thing about any movie. "District 9" - the world would have to be absoultely retarded to let aliens set up shop in the slums of Africa. the whole concept of "Avatar" - yea those things happen IN REAL LIFE. ive never seen more idiotic comments from people who havent even seen the movie yet. and guess what - IB looked good and it ended up with a stupid ending that never happened in REAL LIFE
i used it as an example of how all movies are stupid in some way. You can say the same thing about any movie. "District 9" - the world would have to be absoultely retarded to let aliens set up shop in the slums of Africa. the whole concept of "Avatar" - yea those things happen IN REAL LIFE. ive never seen more idiotic comments from people who havent even seen the movie yet. and guess what - IB looked good and it ended up with a stupid ending that never happened in REAL LIFE
10:16AM on 02/03/2010

hypocrits?

Everyone is saying "This could never happen." "It just seems like a movie where all they would do is talk" therefore, its a stupid movie.

I guarantee these same people like Inglourious Basterds. You know what else never happened? Hitler wasnt killed in a theater by cheesy characters, and i guarantee there arent 10 minute conversations about strudel and king kong. its a movie - get over it.
Everyone is saying "This could never happen." "It just seems like a movie where all they would do is talk" therefore, its a stupid movie.

I guarantee these same people like Inglourious Basterds. You know what else never happened? Hitler wasnt killed in a theater by cheesy characters, and i guarantee there arent 10 minute conversations about strudel and king kong. its a movie - get over it.
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10:36AM on 02/03/2010
This particular story, though, is built to prey on realistic fears, and it's based in a real-life situation. "Will do for skiing what Jaws..." etc. BECAUSE it's so real. Like Open Water, Frozen's plot hinges on this worst case scenario coming to its awful fruition. It's not real in the sense of a biopic/historical account, but it's established in a world where basic logic still plays a part. Yeah, Inglourious was based in a real time, in a real country, with some real people. But it stuck
This particular story, though, is built to prey on realistic fears, and it's based in a real-life situation. "Will do for skiing what Jaws..." etc. BECAUSE it's so real. Like Open Water, Frozen's plot hinges on this worst case scenario coming to its awful fruition. It's not real in the sense of a biopic/historical account, but it's established in a world where basic logic still plays a part. Yeah, Inglourious was based in a real time, in a real country, with some real people. But it stuck to its rules until the end, and that break from history was to serve the story -- a glorious bloodbath of all that is evil. It was the perfect end to that film.

As stated, sure it's a movie, a fabricated story. But once we get to the theatre, if the filmmakers don't have us believing what's happening in the CONTEXT of the story they've created, then that's poor writing (and subsequently poor filmmaking). I see where your argument starts, but you're comparing vastly different films here. I think it's kind of bold to call anyone hypocrites.
11:38AM on 02/03/2010
"a glorious bloobdath to all that is evil" = gayest comment ever. the ending paralleled an itchy and scratchy episode (youtube search 'itchy, schratchy and hitler') "if the filmmakers don't have us believing what's happening in the CONTEXT of the story they've created, then that's poor writing." well anyone that has a functional brain or isnt a complete dork doesnt believe what happened in the WWII "epic" Inglorious Basterds, therefore, youre calling tarantino a poor film writer.

You have no
"a glorious bloobdath to all that is evil" = gayest comment ever. the ending paralleled an itchy and scratchy episode (youtube search 'itchy, schratchy and hitler') "if the filmmakers don't have us believing what's happening in the CONTEXT of the story they've created, then that's poor writing." well anyone that has a functional brain or isnt a complete dork doesnt believe what happened in the WWII "epic" Inglorious Basterds, therefore, youre calling tarantino a poor film writer.

You have no clue about this movie, because you havent seen it. you do realize that is the definition of "ignorance," correct?
11:46AM on 02/03/2010
from the above review... FROM THE GUY WHO AHS SEEN THE MOVIE: "Every single winter fear is exploited here..." Maybe if you would leave your parents basement once in a while, you would probably know how bad it it suck being left in the cold at 40 feet up.
from the above review... FROM THE GUY WHO AHS SEEN THE MOVIE: "Every single winter fear is exploited here..." Maybe if you would leave your parents basement once in a while, you would probably know how bad it it suck being left in the cold at 40 feet up.
10:11AM on 02/03/2010
The premise of this movie just seems a little too silly...3 people...trapped on a ski lift...really?
The premise of this movie just seems a little too silly...3 people...trapped on a ski lift...really?
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10:06AM on 02/03/2010

Forgive me...

Forgive me for thinking this is one of the dumbest concepts imaginable. It seems more like a conversation sparked at the ski lodge over spiked hot chocolate than a feature length film.

Granted, this is only in theory, and your review makes me curious. I'll probably have to check it out. The limited scope of the story and the clearly far-reaching consequences for the characters seems like it'd be a great combo, but it's the setting that really kills me (I don't have fear of heights, so
Forgive me for thinking this is one of the dumbest concepts imaginable. It seems more like a conversation sparked at the ski lodge over spiked hot chocolate than a feature length film.

Granted, this is only in theory, and your review makes me curious. I'll probably have to check it out. The limited scope of the story and the clearly far-reaching consequences for the characters seems like it'd be a great combo, but it's the setting that really kills me (I don't have fear of heights, so maybe I'm out of the loop). It seems like a situation that's just oh so coincidental. I get that the scenario is an easy cause and effect -- you commit the sin of avoiding pay and you get...wait for it...FROZEN. But this seems like that simple equation is lopsided, and its product is compounded by bad after bad after bad, with wolves as the kicker.

Yeah, that's what a movie should be, a decision with consequences, but in a good film, the characters MOVE the story from there, and their new decisions invigorate it. It's a back-and-forth cause and effect. In this one, they're stuck and shit happens to them, all because of that one stupid decision. I'm afraid (without seeing it, of course), I don't buy it.

And definitely there's an element of strained suspense of disbelief. Sure, you gotta think it's a movie, but if ever you're REMINDED that it's a movie, and that these characters are stuck in the illogical circumstances of a contrived plot, then Houston we got problems.
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9:45AM on 02/03/2010
I thought HAtchet was over rated CONSIDERING the insane amount of hype it got pre-release. All I gotta say is that those wolves better not be CGI. Somebody PLEASE POST A REVIEW OF CATFISH ASAP.
I thought HAtchet was over rated CONSIDERING the insane amount of hype it got pre-release. All I gotta say is that those wolves better not be CGI. Somebody PLEASE POST A REVIEW OF CATFISH ASAP.
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9:30AM on 02/03/2010

You can suspend disbelief to a point...

Three skiers trapped on a chair lift is very different from a paranormal being that slices you to pieces when you dream bud. There's no comparison there.

FROZEN depicts a real-life situation where if the characters just used a little bit of common-sense, they could have easily made it through this situation without broken bones, frost-bite, etc. Plus the fact that no one saw them on the chair lift when the operator at the top of the hill actually rides down the lift as well when closing time
Three skiers trapped on a chair lift is very different from a paranormal being that slices you to pieces when you dream bud. There's no comparison there.

FROZEN depicts a real-life situation where if the characters just used a little bit of common-sense, they could have easily made it through this situation without broken bones, frost-bite, etc. Plus the fact that no one saw them on the chair lift when the operator at the top of the hill actually rides down the lift as well when closing time comes.
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9:25AM on 02/03/2010

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It's a MOVIE. Would you make the same comment about the impossibility of Freddy Krueger or the lack of believability in Star Trek? Suspension of disbelief is a requirement when viewing ANY film.
It's a MOVIE. Would you make the same comment about the impossibility of Freddy Krueger or the lack of believability in Star Trek? Suspension of disbelief is a requirement when viewing ANY film.
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8:30AM on 02/03/2010

Lol!

I'm sorry but the plot of this film goes way beyond the limit of common sense and stupidity. Even if they did "sneak" onto the chair lift, this could never have happened.
I'm sorry but the plot of this film goes way beyond the limit of common sense and stupidity. Even if they did "sneak" onto the chair lift, this could never have happened.
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