FREEZER (Anchor Bay, 2014) D: Mikael Salomon, w/ Dylan McDermott, Yuliya Snigir. Rating: NN; Blu-ray package: N Rating: NN
This is the wrong time of year to release a movie set entirely in an industrial freezer, but if you can get past that and a couple of clunky plot moves, this snappy little thriller makes an okay time-waster.
A guy wakes up in a walk-in freezer, imprisoned by a trio of Russian mobsters - brains, brawn and babe - who think he's stolen their 8 million bucks. He claims he's the wrong guy. His only link to the outside is a cop on the other end of a found cellphone.
A string of clever escape attempts, fights, murders, a mystery to solve and surprise revelations keep the action lively, helped along by director Mikael Salomon's restless camera and creative use of space. When all else fails, the sight of our hero slowly freezing to death keeps the tension up.
American Horror Story's Dylan McDermott plays the quip-ready action hero a little too broadly, and the rest of the cast provide energy but only generic menace. They all do cold very well, but that's not acting. Salomon kept the set chilly, which is all you'll learn in the promo-clip extras set.
EXTRAS Making-of doc, three director and cast interviews. English audio. English, Spanish subtitles.