The Frozen (2012)
Plot: After a snowmobile accident, a young couple is stranded in the woods and must survive while waiting for help to arrive. Events take a turn for the worse after the disappearance of Emma’s boyfriend, leaving her on her own not only to battle the elements, but also to elude a mysterious hunter who is tracking her through the forest.
My Review: This one was recommended by a fellow horror fan. One who normally recommends stuff I really end up loving, such as the film Frozen, and the book Evil (wow, neither are reviewed here yet!). But this one I just couldn’t get into.
The movie is about a young couple (Mike and Emma) who head off into the mountains to camp…in the winter. Honestly, I wasn’t aware that people would really go out and do this sort of thing. I guess I just never thought about it, but it seems like a crazy idea to me. Too damn cold! Unknown to Mike, Emma just found out she’s carrying his baby. Later she tells him she wants an abortion, but the entire time she’s acting like she wants to keep it by doing simple little things like cradling her belly with concern and talking to the baby.
They park their truck and take a snowmobile, and along the way leave markers so they don’t lose their way back to the truck. As they are driving along, Mike seems to see someone in the woods (does that later contradict what happens at the end? Can’t recall exact time of events) They also come across a gutted and skinned animal just hanging by a tree which really spooks Emma. So they make their fire and go off exploring and they end up crashing the snowmobile. Of course it doesn’t work, so they are stuck. Mike tries to fix it with no luck.
Emma keeps seeing a man with a gun in the woods. She tries talking to him at one point and he just stands there looking at her stupidly and then he disappears. Of course she gets spooked about this as well. She tries to tell Mike about it, but he thinks she’s just nutty from hitting her head from the accident. At this point in time I had two guesses about this movie – #1, he/she/they were dead and didn’t know it, or #2 she bumped her head real hard and the rest of the movie was a dream…both of these theories seemed legit when during the last 30 minutes it seemed like it was just random scene after random scene.
So Mike ends up going missing at one point and never comes back. When Emma goes to search for him she finds a huge pile of blood. She figures the man she saw, the hunter, must have killed him…so what does she do? She doesn’t seem all that horrified…she goes back to the tent, naps for a bit, then eats, and makes a fire. Acting like its all no big deal. It isn’t for days it seems before she really shows any sort of emotion, or really tries to do anything to get herself out of the situation. Shock perhaps, but it was utterly boring watching her sit there doing nothing. Not even scared that maybe the killer was going to come back and get her. And then at night time there is random weird growling surrounding her tent. The hunter doesn’t even seem threatening at any point. Just weird.
At least in the end the whole thing is explained. It makes sense. It wasn’t so much that the movie was awful, it was just utterly boring to me and some of the writing just felt pretty bad.
The only other thing that really bothered me about this movie was that Emma just seemed so dumb. She said things that were stupid and then turned around and acted like a complete bitch for no reason. Neither character was likable to me so I didn’t really care what happened to them.
Netflix had this listed as Romantic and Horror. Um, I think its neither, its more like a drama thriller, but not much in the thriller department.
Gore/FX: The only sort of gore here was the dead animal and a few piles of blood in the snow.
Sexual Content: None. Just a little side boob action going on at one point.
Acting: It was really touch and go, and I think it was because it seemed like the entire beginning was dubbed for some reason. It got better, but there wasn’t much talking later when Mike disappears anyhow. Brit Morgan, who plays Debbie Pelt on True Blood stars as Emma.
Overall: While the movie and concept weren’t that bad, the overall movie just was completely boring to me. I couldn’t wait for it to end. Just not my cup of tea…nor a lot of others by the looks of the current 3.8/10 rating on IMDB.