Frozen (2010)

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Critic Consensus: 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.


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Director Adam Green (Hatchet, Spiral) takes the helm for this relentlessly tense tale of three snowboarders who must fight for their lives in the freezing cold after getting stranded on a ski lift. As the trio rides up the mountain in preparation for their final run of the day, the night lights suddenly go dark, and the lift chairs grind to a sudden halt. Realizing that the resort will be closed until the following weekend, the three friends decide to take their fate into their own hands, and … More

Rating: R (for some disturbing images and language)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Adam Green
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 28, 2010
Box Office: $0.1M
Runtime:
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as Parker O'Neil

as Joe Lynch

as Dan Walker
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Critic Reviews for Frozen

All Critics (90) | Top Critics (24)

Reinterpretation of The Snow Queen, Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairytale as an animated, female empowerment musical.

January 19, 2014
Baret News

Energy thaws kid-friendly Frozen

Full Review… | January 2, 2014
Movie Habit

Green avoids Hatchet's corny clichés and totally redeems himself with a harrowing portrait of humans at the mercy of the great outdoors.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013

Characters possess serious lack of thinking ability and survival skills. Even when it comes to stuff like zipping up their coats all the way.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Movies.com

Adam Green's fun 2006 horror film Hatchet revelled in the art of self-aware pastiche, but it is in his second major work that he has found a legitimately great concept out of which to wring more nuanced thrills.

Full Review… | February 10, 2011
What Culture

The parts of the film that work are flat-out fantastic. There just aren't enough of them.

Full Review… | January 10, 2011
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for Frozen

½

The fact that this film is tense and terrifying as hell and has three great performances is what compensates for a generally thin dialogue and the characters' lack of intelligence, bringing to mind other efficient minimalist horror movies like Open Water but with wolves instead of sharks.

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Carlos Magalhães

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½

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I desperately wanted to like this movie. But I couldn't. It's not a great start to a review but I honestly think Frozen is a hugely creative horror thriller, when director Adam Green was shooting it I bet there wasn't a single angle shot in the compressed environment in which the story is set that he didn't capture on camera. But despite the creativity and the genius of it's spine tingling premise, it doesn't deliver as many scares as you think it would. To put it simply, horror only ever works when you care about the characters who are stuck in the horrifying situations that are shown on screen, and in the case of Frozen I never got gripped into the illusion that the actors were in any real danger. If a film with a plot like this never appears believeable then everything else at some point falls apart. I think the key reasons why it never becomes interesting or suspenseful, and instead get's fairly predictable is down to the fact that the cast is poor and so is the script. It's undeniable that it's beautifully shot and very well-directed but the writing and the characters are the problem. In the right hands this film could have followed in the footsteps of tight thrillers like Phone Booth but since I never found the characters interesting enough to sympathise for them it never felt as terrifying as the thought of being trapped on a ski lift in the middle of the night myself. However it's not a bad film by a major stretch, there are a couple of moments of small scares and truly extraordinary make up and gore effect design but it's never as fist-gnawingly petrifying as it needs to be to work as a solid horror picture.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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Suspenseful, intense, heartwrenching, nail-biting, and just quite simply amazing. The performances and direction were brilliant. The script and dialogue could've been better but I loved what came out of this film.

Raajay
Wildaly M

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