- "200 skiers stranded on Mountain High chair lift" (California)
- "Stranded Skiers Rescued from Alpine Valley Chair Lift" (Ohio)
- "Boyce Park Lift Open After Ropes Used to Rescue Stranded Skiers" (Pennsylvania)
- "Skier Dangles 25 ft from the Ground as Six are Injured and 200 Stranded When Chair Lift Derails at Maine's Highest Resort"
So Frozen might be a bit over the top. In all the cases above, skiers were rescued; there was never a chance that someone would be stranded overnight or without help from the ski area itself (and I suspect the ski areas in question bent over backwards to compensate the stranded and injured skiers). But is it really that much of a stretch to think that someone might get stranded overnight, after everyone goes home?
Frozen is a low-budget, high-intensity thriller. Given the frequency of ski lift incidents indicated by the above headlines, the premise of Frozen is all too real. Like Open Water, the 2003 movie that depicted scuba divers who were left behind by their boat, Frozen takes what should be a fun situation and turns it into a nightmare. The viewer thinks, "That could happen to me!" and wonders what in the world he would do to survive.
Bottom line, 2 1/2 stars