A weekend of skiing / snowboarding turns into a life changing disaster for three friends, Parker (Emma Bell), Joe (Shawn Ashmore) and Dan (Kevin Zegers). Despite the dark and some bad weather on the way a coy look from a pretty girl and a hundred bucks is all it takes to convince a chairlift operator to let them make one more run - against his better judgement. They find themselves stranded all alone in midair and subzero temperatures. The resort is open Friday through Sunday; It is Sunday evening and no one knows they are there, except for the coyotes lurking in the trees nearby. Chances of them surviving get slimmer as the minutes tick by. Will they make it out alive?
The movie revolving around a chairlift didn’t – in my opinion – make for enough movie to fill an hour and a half. I found the movie to be slow paced. The only reason I kept watching was to see who (if anyone) would survive and even then felt a disappointing sense of “Is that IT?” I enjoy well rounded characters with depth, but these characters don’t seem to travel too far inwardly. Each one had an interesting response to the dilemma though and it did make me wonder what I would have done had I been in their shoes (or should I say their chairlift). Being from a country with a warmer climate it did give me a renewed respect for snow and subzero temperatures.
This thriller, directed by Adam Green, reminds me why thrillers are not my favourite movie genre. I thoroughly enjoy my movies but I also get very involved. For me it is like becoming part of another world, even if only for a short while. I care much more for the characters in the movie rather than the gossip about the actors themselves. I feel compassion, anger, sadness and joy as I laugh or cry my way through the story, but I don’t seem to do stupid very well.
Being somewhat of a perfectionist I struggle with the emotions that come when disaster strikes due to stupidity. A part of me wants to always be responsible and do the right thing. It is hard for me to watch others do the opposite and get the exact results that can be expected, but then the clock cannot be turned back and the consequences cannot disappear as if waving a magic wand. These kind of movies often leave me disgruntled even though I realize with my intellect that it is only a movie. For this reason I didn’t particularly enjoy this one, but then again, if they weren’t stupid there would be no movie to begin with, right?
I’m always mindful that stupid unfortunately happens in the real world every day and often affect several lives, not just one, and sometimes in heartbreakingly tragic ways. “Sorry” fix very little in terms of the consequences of foolishness. That breaks my heart.
In short I would have to sum it up as “They went. They got stuck. They got ‘unstuck’. The end. “ It is one of those where, if you've seen the trailer, you've pretty much seen the movie, with the exception of who gets to walk away from it all.
This movie provoked more irritation for me than it did excitement. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone and I wouldn’t really watch it a second time.
I give it 3 out of 10.