Tuesday, October 26, 2010


(2010) ***

Three snowboarding friends attempt to get around the exorbitant lift fees by bribing and lying to the ski lift operator. Karma catches up to them as the lift operator goes off-duty while our snowboarders are going up for a ride, and then the whole thing is shut down while they're still up there. This is a Sunday night and the resort doesn't open up again until Friday. What will they do?

This has already been reviewed a few times previously, so I won't belabor it. Also, I pretty much agree with everything that has been said before. There are two sides to this movie. On one side, it is actually an intelligent and serious approach to what conversations and emotions would appear amongst young people who have a copious amount of time to contemplate their own death. At the same time, in order to have these conversations, the characters gloss over the fact that their predicament really isn't that dire.

And as viewers, we must accept that a character decides it would be better to jump off a 50 foot ski lift rather than climb acroos the cable to the next post and climb down. We must also accept that a character's first reaction is throw a scarf at a passing snowmobile rather than a snowboard.

I feel this film had a lot of potential, but would've been much better if the setting had been something a little more serious than a ski lift. I'm curious to see what Danny Boyle will do with the topic in next week's 127 Hours.


Johnny Sweatpants said...

Sadly, as it's "last call", I'm going to have to postpone this one until next year. The four reviews posted ranged from **1/2 to ***1/2 so I'm fairly certain I haven't missed a masterpiece but I'm still looking forward to it.

JPX said...

I have to disagree with you on one point, Trevor, I think the predicament in Frozen is very dire. I've had moments on a ski lift where I was in abject misery because of how cold it can get. Even with all the proper gear that sub-zero wind can cut you like a knife. As established in the film the lift line is analagous to razor wire and a 50 foot leap is no day at the park. Still, I think we enjoyed this about the same. I agree with you that some of their decisions are ridiculous.

Catfreeek said...

I thought the predicament was pretty dire but the people just didn't convince me that they were actually that cold. I wanted to see some uncontrollable shivering. At least some chattering teeth dammit!

Nice review btw.

Whirlygirl said...

If this is on instant watch, I might get to it this year; otherwise, I'm with Johnny.