There was a lot of suspense in this movie that made it really thrilling. I haven't watched a good suspenseful movie in a while. People are saying the script was awful, but I didn't notice so it mustn't have been too bad. The acting wasn't as great as it probably could have been. *SPOILER****** The one friend dies (and he's the girl's boyfriend and the other guy's best friend), and they scream/cry for a little bit, but it really wasn't convincing. The girl was like "that was the boy I was going to marry", but she cried a little bit only once. I was like that's not realistic. They didn't seem too disturbed that their friend just got eaten by a pack of wolves, you know? I'd be pretty traumatized after an incident like that. Speaking of wolves, that whole part was really unrealistic. Wolves would not be ferocious like that. Wolves don't generally eat people, plus what are a pack of wolves doing at a populated ski resort? Wouldn't the commotion of skiers/snowboarders scare them away? I mean even if it was nighttime and the people left, I still doubt wolves would go near it. Wolves definitely wouldn't eat that dude, even if he was injured. They wouldn't care about him at all. Just sayin'. Oh and the chairlift falling down definitely wouldn't happen either. That's a safety hazard and the ski resort could get sued for something like that. There's no way they would have cheap chairlifts especially since the college kids said it was "soooo expensive to ride". If it was expensive, than the resort had enough money to make quality chairlifts. Know what I'm sayin? This movie is a little flawed.
But other than the flaws and the acting, I really really liked this film.
It sounds like a pretty boring plot but in all honesty it was a great movie. It was fairly short which fit this movie well for what it was, in the time that was offered though, it was extremely suspenseful, frightening, and had a way of playing with your emotions from beginning to end. It's a good way to remind you how quick things can go from good to bad to over in a split second.
The only complaint I had was the ending was a little sudden, it was the end of their ordeal, but I would have liked to see a little bit more expansion on what happened. Over all, a fun movie (sort of) to check out on a bored night. It wasn't a masterpiece, but it was entertaining enough.
After a day skiing in the mountains, Dan (Kevin Zegers), Joe (Shawn Ashmore) and Parker (Emma Bell) are the last ones on the ski-lift at the end of the day. Unknowingly, the staff believe everyone to have left, and switch off the lift, leaving them stranded 100 feet in the air and the mountain closed for the weekend. No-one will find them for days, and wolves gather below, leaving them fighting for their lives in the freezing cold and facing some very stark decisions to make.
If you like films where the characters are faced with life or death decisions to make, causing you to question yourself in a similiar situation then there's plenty to enjoy from this low-budget shocker. It's been said several times already but it really is like 2003's "Open Water". Not flashy in the slightest and the premise is very simple, which is what helps it work. Tension is built slowly and effectively by B-movie, horror director Adam Green and the three very promising young leads deliver the goods, amounting to a surprisingly enjoyable and tension filled hour and a half.
If you ask me, the best piece of advice the three youngsters could have been given in their predicament would have been...'Don't eat yellow snow'.
In Mount Holliston, snowboarders Dan Walker, his girlfriend Parker O'Neil and his best friend Joe Lynch don't have enough money to buy cable car tickets. Parker bribes Jason, an employee of the skiing station, with one hundred dollars. When the system is nearing closure, they force Jason to let them have the last pass. However, Jason needs to resolve a problem and his colleague misunderstands his instructions and stops the cable car, and the trio of snowboarders gets stranded on the chairlift on the top of the mountain. When they see that the lights of the ski resort had been turned off, they need to make a choice: leave the chairlift or freeze to death.
Director: Adam Green
Summary: Three friends hit the slopes for a weekend of skiing and snowboarding. But when they convince the chairlift operator to let them take one last run before closing, Parker (Emma Bell), Joe (Shawn Ashmore) and Dan (Kevin Zegers) find themselves stranded in midair, alone and freezing. It'll be days before anyone returns to the slopes, and their chances of survival are looking slimmer by the minute.
My Thoughts: "It has been awhile since I have watched a film that made me want to cover my eyes. What makes this film in a way terrifying, is how simple it is. It would be so simple to end up in this kind of situation. Humans against nature films are more terrifying then slasher films because they are more realistic. These things can happen. It's not a horror or even a thriller really, it's just a scary situation. *SPOILER*The reasons for me covering my eyes was do to the fact that I can't handle bones sticking out. It turns my stomach. Plus the wolves ripping that poor guy apart made me nauseous. Yet I can watch scary films all the time with lots of blood and gore. I think it was that this film felt more real then those other films do.*END OF SPOILER* I thought the film was pretty good for it to be depending on the acting from these three actors. I thought they all did amazingly well and were believable in their roles. Definitely a film worth taking a look at."