- Title Frozen
- Director Juliet McKoen
- Year 2005
- Run time 1hr 30m
- Genre Thriller
- Tagline Sometimes finding someone is worse than losing them
It's two years since the mysterious disappearance of Kath Swarbrick's older sister Annie, but Kath remains haunted by a need to know what happened. When police investigations wind down, Kath continues the search herself. She gets nowhere until she steals some CCTV footage of her sister on her final day. Visiting the spot where Annie was filmed, Kath becomes convinced she has found a portal to another reality and from this portal Kath is trying to say something. A clue, perhaps? Or a warning? Those close to Kath are sceptical. They question her sanity, beg her to stop searching. But has Kath really found a way to access the afterlife? Or has she stumbled upon a dangerous truth?
This one appeared on the iPlayer, and I don’t know why I chose to watch it because it didn’t really seem like the kind of film I would normally select. I was intrigued to see Shirley Henderson take the lead though - can she pull off an entire film?
00:01:02 - Seawater doesn’t freeze? 00:05:01 - People who visit psychiatrists always start by saying “Don’t know why I’m here, don’t want to talk,” and they always open up in the end. 00:07:27 - Obsessive thinking is a symptom? I may be in trouble. 00:09:00 - That’s an actual video tape. 00:10:12 - Ooh, that’s the lovely Richard Armitage! Looking… not so lovely. 00:15:31 - You should probably ask if it’s okay to smoke before you get a cigarette out. 00:18:03 - He’s jogging on sand, that’s hard. At least it’s wet sand though. 00:22:58 - Working in a fish factory must be pretty grim. **00:25:08 **- It also must be kinda dull to watch CCTV for a living. **00:29:12 **- She wouldn’t really quit though, he must know that’s a one-sided deal. **00:32:05 **- I am definitely sailing on the river of forgetfulness. **00:33:31 **- “Nothing gets out the bay. What goes out comes back in.” They should call it Boomerang Bay. **00:34:56 **- He’s a counsellor and a vicar? That seems like a conflict of interest or something. **00:36:57 **- Why would there be random pictures in the middle of CCTV frames? **00:40:24 **- Why did he decide Terence Mann was the one that needed his help? **00:45:40 **- I don’t think you’re meant to just go wandering about on random fishing boats. **00:47:43 **- Men shouldn’t wear dangly earrings, that’s what I say. **00:54:16 **- Now she has a crush on her counsellor. One cliche after another! **01:01:08 **- I don’t know who that was or why she was there. **01:03:12 **- Watching fish is great. I’d love to have fish without the effort of looking after them. **01:07:34 **- Do vicars not get scared by all the creaks and noises around a big ol’ spooky church? **01:12:07 - Oh no, is Richard playing the bad guy again? ****01:18:21 **- Even if she does know, she hasn’t got any proof. 01:20:25 - Oh, she didn’t know.**
All in all, the film was pretty dull. I did quite like the arty side to it, which is unusual, because I normally dismiss that after a few minutes. The story itself was weird, and the premise was supposed to be one of those where you make up your own mind - whether she’s crazy or haunted - but in the end, they spoil it with an unnecessary twist.
That said, I wasn’t left disappointed by it, just… kinda nothing really.
Rating: 2 / 5