The Convincer (Thin Ice) Reviews
A Kenosha version of Fargo. A little slow start but a really good ending with lots of unexpected twists and turns. A really good scam story.
By judging from the trailer "Thin Ice" seemed to be a classic Greg Kinnear vehicle with a good mix of dark comedy and drama in the line of "Fargo". But, what we get is a slow paced conmen drama/comedy thatīs not that exciting nor intriguing. The role of Mickey is perfect for Kinnear, then again we have seen him play that sort of role a bit too many times. He has ended up in typecasting land in Hollywood. Arkin is as well playing some sort of similar role we have seen him do before. Crudup is however doing a role we havenīt really seen him do before as the slightly psychotic locksmith Randy. "Thin Ice" has an ending thatīs pretty poor in my point of view and all in all I felt a bit disappointed. Trivia is that the movie initially was entitled "The Convincer", and was screened in January 2011 at the Sundance Film Festival. Distribution rights were purchased by ATO Pictures. Both ATO and production company Werc Werk Works demanded that director/writer Jill Sprecher make sweeping changes to the film from the version shown at Sundance in order to speed the film up. The production company claims that Sprecher "refused to be part of the process" while Sprecher states that she was never allowed to review the distributor's notes to make any comments on them. The production company and distributor made the revisions without Sprecher's input, replacing the original composer, Alex Wurman, and the original editor, Stephen Mirrione. Sprecher is currently not allowed to speak to the press about the situation for legal reasons, but she previously stated she is "heartbroken and devastated" and she would remove her name from the film, but under the terms of her contract she is not allowed to do so. The completely re-cut film was retitled "Thin Ice". Sprecher reportedly learned of the name through the internet and not from the production company.
"Thin Ice" is a prime example of filmmakers not being as smart as they think are, nor having any true idea as to the tone they are going after. Therefore, you are left with a very good cast in search of any kind of direction. In any case, Greg Kinnear seems like too nice a guy to play such a heel and even Billy Crudup cannot pick up the slack. In the end, you know are in big trouble if Alan Arkin can make no difference at all.