Posts Tagged ‘thriller

07
Jul
11

Adam Green’s “Frozen” Review

Unique Idea but Should Have Been Done Better

Spoiler Alert

Frozen mostly takes place in a ski lift, with three characters stranded and facing the chilly face of death. Kevin Zegers is Dan Walker, who brings his feuding girlfriend, Parker O’Neill (Emma Bell), and best friend Joe Lynch (Shawn Ashmore).

Faced with being stuck on a chair lift for days until the resort reopens. The film is not so much about horror as it is about survival, as the temperature drops and the characters get hungry. Dan eventually jumps, but breaks his legs and is eaten by wolves.

Lynch and Parker must get over their differences while grieving Dan and attempt to escape the cold, not to mention the wolves.

The majority of the movie takes place in one setting: the ski lift, where the three characters try to consider ways to escape. The dialogue has a few jokes, and there’s even a nice recurring theme that becomes ironic: the skiing trip was seen as an escape from life’s mundane pressures, but afterwards life’s mundane pressures become an escape from the ski trip gone wrong.

This is good news since most of the movie takes place on the lift, it’s up to the dialogue and the acting to make us care about the characters living or dying. But the good news is far to sparse.

This is unfortunately where it falls apart: the dialogue can be promising but it’s never quite engaging enough, and though there is the beginning of fully-fledged out characters in Frozen, they’re never fully realized.

Plainly, we just don’t care if they freeze to death or are eaten by wolves. In fact, it’s easier to cheer for the cuddly wolves.

15
Jun
11

Atom Egoyan’s “Chloe”: Review

Not-so-thrilling thriller

Spoiler alert.

Atom Egoyan’s Chloe is a remake of a French film, Nathalie. It boasts an impressive resume of acting talent, including Liam Neeson as the husband, a professor, and Julianne Moore as the wife, a gynecologist.

The wife thinks that she is being cheated on, and hires a prositute (the titular Chloe, played by Amanda Seyfried) to tempt him and report back.

The film’s central conceit, that the husband is indeed cheating, is never quite believable. His crimes are: missing a flight, taking a picture with a student, and IMing someone.

So when Chloe says she so easily seduced the husband into cheating, it’s not really logical. The twist that she was making it up all along is actually quite predictable.

There is some weird, forced “sexual tension” between Chloe and the wife, which is mostly made up of Chloe recounting her sexual encounters with the husband. The wife is turned on by this. I am not- I really am bored and would rather not hear it for about 5 minutes.

Finally, Chloe’s master plan is revealed: ah, she wanted to sleep with the wife all along. First off, that’s a crazy, convoluted plot that shouldn’t work. But it works perfectly, and we are treated to a lesbian scene. Why not, I suppose.

Finally, the wife and husband find out about Chloe’s lies and tell her to shove it, and Chloe decides to seduce the couple’s son into having sex in his parents’ bedroom. They then fall asleep (for whatever reason) and the mom catches them (obviously).

The ending is too predictable, as Chloe accidentally plummets to her death. It’s almost the only way out by this point.

The film is shot well and it’s perhaps a credit to the actors that the movie never seems to fall to soap opera levels. Overall, it’s too predictable to be thrilling, and too cheap to be deep.