Freezer (2014)

frezzerDirector: Mikael Salomon

Writer: Tom Doganoglu, Shane Weisfeld (Screenplay)

Starring: Dylan McDermott, Peeter Facinelli, Yuiya Snigir, Rafael Petardi, Markus Parilo

 

Plot: Robert is an ordinary man who is faced with extraordinary circumstances. He is locked in a meat freezer by Russian thugs who believe that he owes them 8 million dollars. Robert, who is in every frame of the film soon discovers that he is not alone in the freezer. Sam, a stranger, is also locked in with him, and it becomes a struggle to survive the cold and the forces that are against them.

 

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Verdict: Painfully Average

 

Story: Freezer starts when Robert (McDermott) wakes up tied inside a meat locker, trying to figure out why he is confronted by Alisa (Snigir) who works for the Russian mob claiming he has 8 million dollars of theirs. Trying to explain he is the wrong guy he must find a way out of the locker before it is too late with undercover Detective Sam Gurov (Facinelli) injured inside the locker too.

As the time counts down we are left to wonder who really has the money and what is Robert’s real involvement in this abduction.

 

Thoughts on Freezer

 

StoryThe story going on here is very thin and tries to use the idea of one man trapped in a small location which has been good in other ideas but in the end, has just turned into something that never really works because you would never see the Russian Mafia looking this weak, because this makes the look fully useless when it comes to looking after their money. The story is at least short which doesn’t let the tension side of the story slow down.

Action/ThrillerWe do get certain moments of well-built up tension but in the end each scene feels like it is leading to something but it ends up being small arguments and a punch here or there.

Characters/PerformancesRobert is not a likeable character which doesn’t help us to side with him, he comes off rash cocky and arrogant throughout the ordeal. The Russian’s are all made to be painfully generic with them being portrayed as pure thugs. The performances are nothing special either with nobody doing anything memorable through the film.

SettingsThe whole film is set inside the meat locker which does create the idea of the solo location needed as part of a torture to get the money. This works for the film but in the end is nothing on the level of what Saw or Buried achieved.

Special EffectsHas small use of effects which all work well for the moments they are needed.

Final ThoughtsAverage at best thriller that just doesn’t use the material it should with the levels it could have.

 

Overall: Thriller that just doesn’t know when to cut the twists out when it needs to.

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Big Driver (2014)

bigDirector: Mikael Salomon

Writer: Richard Christian Matheson (Screenplay) Stephen King (Story)

Starring: Maria Bello, Ann Dowd, Will Harris, Joan Jett, Olympia Dukakis, Jennifer Kydd

 

Plot: A famous mystery writer sets out for revenge after a brutal attack.

 

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Verdict: King’s Rape Revenge Tale

 

Story: Big Driver starts as author Tess (Bello) is off to meet with fans to promote her new book only to find herself stranded in the middle of nowhere. When stranger Lester (Harris) offers to help he starts off nice only turn nasty as he attacks and rapes Tess before dumping her body in a stream.

Surviving was only the beginning of her ordeal as she now must search for help but in her head she battles with the idea that what she wrote could have driven this man into doing this attack. Tess not wanting to admit the attack goes out on her own to get her revenge on the people involved in the attack.

Big Driver falls into the rape revenge story, let’s face it we have seen this before and this isn’t the most comfortable story to be watching. This has the typical Stephen King stamp on it where our leading character talks to her characters from her books which helps us understand her mind set. In all honesty this is very disappoint for what it could be, you don’t get as shocked as you should from the attack and the revenge just seems too easy because we meet everyone involved rather than few innocent suspects.

 

Actor Review

 

Maria Bello: Tess Thorne is a respected author that will on a journey for her latest book finds herself brutally attacked and raped. Not wanting to tell anyone about the attack in fear people think it is too much like one of her book characters she goes out for revenge on the man responsible. Maria is great in the performance in this role but is the only good one in the film.tess

Ann Dowd: Ramona Norvell is a close friend to Tess who suggests the shortcut making her involvement a prime suspect for helping the attack happen. Ann is only in a couple of roles and doesn’t get enough time to show her character’s colours.

Will Harris: Lester is the man who attacked and raped Tess known locally as The Big Driver, he dumps Tess with all his other victims but has no idea for finding out Tess isn’t dead. Will is the look but doesn’t really work for the role.

Joan Jett: Betsy Neal is a local bar owner that offers Tess advice about the locals which does include Lester, she has a history being abused by men too. Joan again is only in one main scene which doesn’t get enough time.

Support Cast: Big Driver doesn’t have enough time to give us supporting characters.

Director Review: Mikael SalomonMikael doesn’t go into the darkness that the story could end up going in.

 

Crime: Big Driver gives us the crime story of the being a rape victim getting revenge.

Mystery: Big Driver offers us a mystery to who is involved with the rape.

Thriller: Big Driver tries to keep us guessing to what is going on and where it could go.

Settings: Big Driver uses the isolated idea for the settings but without nothing too much special.
Special Effects
: Big Driver uses the effects to deal with the attack.

Suggestion: Big Driver is one to try but it isn’t going to be anything special for the King fans out there. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Bello is great.

Worst Part: Lacks that punch it really needs.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 27 Minutes

Tagline: No bad deed goes unpunished

 

Overall: Lacklustre revenge film

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