Thin Ice (2012)
Average Rating: 6.4/10
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Mickey Prohaska (Greg Kinnear) is a small-time insurance agent looking for a way to jump-start his business, reunite with his estranged wife (Lea Thompson) and escape the frigid Wisconsin weather. This self-proclaimed master of spin believes that salesmanship is about selling a story - all he needs is a sucker willing to buy it. He hits pay dirt with a lonely retired farmer (Alan Arkin) who is sitting on something much bigger than an insurance commission. But Mickey's attempt to con the old man
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There's nothing like the macabre to bring intrigue to an ordinary life, and nothing like the logistics of body disposal to challenge an insurance salesman.
The movie is familiar and generic, a pastiche that often reminds you of other, better films.
It builds suspense slowly and surely as things begin to come apart for Kinnear, but it eventually grows tiresome and the twist ending is still a bit hard to swallow.
...the film that has made its way into theaters is no disgrace to any of the names in the credits. Still, it would be very interesting to see the movie that the Sprechers intended to make.
The movie's gently snowbound Midwestern setting blunts some of the story's harsher edges, and the characters mostly feel real.
The only things differentiating Thin Ice from Fargo? A lack of Midwestern accents and entertainment value.
Sprecher and her co-writer sister Karen seem to have gone through a card file of used ideas to cobble together this black comedy.
An amusingly nerve-wracking trek into the snow and out onto the ice with those funny folks in the land of "you betcha."
It's convoluted and clever, and on that score it works quite nicely. But if you're looking for something substantial beyond this, you're looking for a different movie.
A climactic twist tries to make the movie that preceded it more interesting in retrospect than it was while it unfolded, but the plot is too implausible -- too unbelievable, really -- to be clever.
...has the requisite twists and turns of a good whodunit and entertains right to the end.
Writer sisters Karen and Jill (who also directs) Sprecher look to the "Fargo" playbook for their twisty modern noir, and while much of it feels awfully familiar, a great cast and third act twist raise it above similar wannabes...
Arkin, as expected, is terrific ... but it's Crudup who steals the show. His brutal annihilation of an ice cream cone on Mickey's dashboard is truly a sight to behold.
If Mickey were a little less sneaky, he'd be the perfect protagonist for these hard economic times.
- Gorvy Hauer: It used to be you could trust people. You let your dog out in the middle of the night and they kill him.
- Mickey Prohaska: People will try to convince you of anything. Anything can be the start of a conversation.
- Mickey Prohaska: Believe none of what you hear, and half of what you see.
- Gorvy Hauer: Do you sell dog insurance?
- Mickey Prohaska: What starts out lookin' like an easy score, can turn out to be anything but simple.
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