Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Dec 2020)
Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of a drug addicted former hockey player who get stranded on a mountain and must try and survive before he succumbs to the cold, harsh weather conditions.
My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and knew almost nothing about.
The fact that it stars Josh Hartnett intrigued me, since he virtually disappeared from movies for over a decade and I was curious what this film would be about.
The movie’s story is filled with a very inspiration message, yet they fail to make things feel that way throughout the film.
The movie is a trim 90 minutes, yet it still drags along too much which is quite problematic.
Hartnett is a great actor, but he can’t help make us care more about his character even when he goes through some very tough ordeals along the way.
The cinematography is great and they truly make the viewer feel as if they are right there dealing with the cold weather conditions that the character finds himself in.
They try too hard in their attempt to make things more inspirational and the movie is filled with flashbacks of memories that the character tries to recall.
Unfortunately, these memories are too quick and too brief in order to really make an impact.
The epilogue of the film is by far the most inspiring and meaningful part of the film, but unfortunately, it is just too little, too late to help make the rest of the film more poignant.
Bottom Line – Interesting film with an inspirational message that drags along far too much. Hartnett is a fine actor, but he has trouble making us care about his character during the ordeal that he goes through. The weather conditions shown are filmed really well and we actually can feel as if we are right there with the character experiencing this cold weather horror. The film tries to use flashbacks in order to help make things feel more inspirational, but they are all done too briefly and quickly which takes away from any real impact. The epilogue of the film is the most inspirational part about things and lifts the story up a bit, but unfortunately, it’s too little, too late.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Although they play mother and son in this film, there is only 11 years of age difference between Mira Sorvino and Josh Hartnett in real life. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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