Freezer Blu-ray Review

Robert Saunders is celebrating his birthday, but not very happily.  He has just woken up, bound at the wrists and ankles with a bag over his head, in the freezer of the restaurant he was just dining in.  Confronted by two goons whose only word of English between them is “money,” he tries to convince them that they have the wrong person.  But they aren’t buying it.  Neither is the attractive third goon, the lovely Alisa (Yuliya Snigir).  So they take his shoes, turn down the temp and hope to freeze the information out of Robert.  Brrrrrrr!

Dylan McDermott in Freezer

An interesting premise, FREEZER takes some good tension and then releases it with horrible one liners and witty repartee, most of it delivered by McDermott, who has now apparently gone the circa 1984 Don Johnson facial stubble route.  Unfortunately, the thickness of the facial hair repeatedly varies, which really throws a wrench into the continuity of the film.  Is this a flashback…a flash forward…does anyone use a razor anymore?  The plot gets complicated when Robert finds a cell phone in the freezer and gets in touch with the law.  Only the cop on the other end doesn’t believe him.  Neither does the one who owns the cell phone, who suddenly lunges, a bloody mess, from a shelf in the freezer.  Nobody knows anything, but someone knows something.  And if I’ve just confused you then welcome to my world.

Dylan McDermott in Freezer

It’s hard enough to keep things interesting in a film that consists of one set.  It’s even harder when the script is chock full of cliché characters (the looming Russian giant, the slick Russian gangster).  Things get worse when the femme fatale shows up, because apparently, when he’s not trying to save his own life, Robert is a flirt.  Which is kind of upsetting, since he supposedly has a girlfriend waiting at his birthday celebration.  As the film goes on, and the blood begins to flow, things begin to get ridiculous.  Having worked fast food as a youngster I’ve spent a little time in walk in freezers.  And I know that when you keep the door open for long lengths of time it actually begins to get warmer inside.  Which makes the close-ups of the mercury in the thermometer plummeting seem almost funny.  On a positive note, director Salomon manages to make an enclosed room seem endless in size.  His cameras are able to move around.  You may not feel as claustrophobic as you think you should, but that extra freedom does work to the film’s advantage.

Dylan McDermott in Freezer

As the plot progresses (as much as it can – basically the Russians want eight million dollars and they don’t care who they get it from) you can’t help but ask yourself questions like “isn’t it about time the people at Robert’s party come looking for him?” – or “isn’t it odd that apparently the kitchen is closed because NOBODY is getting any food from the freezer?”  Just a couple of the myriad of questions you may have for yourself if you decide to check out this film.  And since it’s pretty much dead on arrival, I can’t think of a better place for it than a freezer!


Video:  Presented in a 2.35.1 aspect ratio, the film’s lighting and colors are muted, mostly due to the film being set inside a freezer lit with fluorescent bulbs.  The fact that almost everyone likes to wear dark clothing doesn’t help the cause.

Audio:  Presented in Dolby True HD 5.1, the sound is clear and comes off much brighter then the video images presented.

“Freezer” : Behind it All (3:37):  a standard “making of” featurette

An Interview with Dylan McDermott (2:15):  The film’s star talks about his role.

An Interview with Peter Facinelli (1:46):  Ditto as above!


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