Freezer (2014)

<strong class="MovieTitle">Freezer</strong> (2014)

(On Cable TV, October 2015) I have a certain fondness for low-budget, high-concept thrillers that try to do much with little.  Thrillers like Freezer, for instance, a micro-budgeted Canadian film that sets most of its action in the confine of… a restaurant freezer.  Dylan McDermott stars as a seemingly-ordinary man accused of thievery by Russian mobsters.  But as they come in to beat him up a little more and ask for more information, it becomes obvious that there’s something else going on.  And sadly, that’s where Freezer leaves me cold: It spends a lot of time creating a reality in which our hero is an ordinary man trying to figure out what’s happening and remaining alive against all odds.  Revealing otherwise, especially after repeated affirmations to the contrary, feels like a cheat.  The film itself is a bit dull, and some of the banter between the protagonist and the film’s lone female character feels far too forced.  While there are a few surprises along the way, the film struggles to maximize the assets at its disposal.  Freezer’s strengths are perceptible enough to raise it above the morass of other cheap straight-to-VOD films, but it won’t become even a minor recommendation in the genre.  Too bad; I was hoping for more.

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