A typical day on the slopes turns into a chilling nightmare for two snowboarders and a skier (Emma Bell, Kevin Zegers & Shawn Ashmore) when they get stranded on the chairlift before their last run. As the ski patrol switches off the night lights, they realise with growing panic that they have been left behind dangling high off the ground with no way down. With the resort closed until the following weekend and frostbite and hypothermia already setting in, the trio is forced to take desperate measures to escape off the mountain before they freeze to death. Once they make their move, they discover with horror that they have much more to fear than just the frigid cold. As they combat unexpected obstacles, they start to question if their will to survive is strong enough to overcome the worst ways to die.
This is a movie with a simple idea, and a small cast. And it worked! For me that is.
I would compare this to a Hitchcock thriller, where most of the interesting parts happens all in the mind.
For example, some of the more ‘gruesome’ scenes doesn’t happen on-screen, it’s left to your imagination.
It’s a film that deals with life and death decisions.
The idea of being stranded all alone at a ski lodge hanging tens of feet in the air is indeed scary.
A smart chilling movie that banks on our fear of a plausible tragic event.