I had been looking forward to watching this movie since it had gotten rave reviews. Must say, I was a bit disappointed. The story is basically three college students (Dan and Parker are dating; Joe is Dan’s long-time buddy) who spend a Sunday afternoon and evening skiing and snowboarding at a weekend-only mountain ski lodge. The three convince the lift operator to let them go up the mountain for one last run, even though everything else is starting to shut down (until the following Friday, no less) for the night/week. While they are traveling up the mountain, the lift operator is called away and a sub steps in. Thinking the lift is empty, he shuts it down and leaves.
At first the three kids think the lift is just stopped for a few minutes, but as the lights on the mountain go off one by one, it dawns on them they are stuck up there until Friday. Of course, a terrible snowstorm is setting in, and they forgot to use the bathroom one last time before this last run (easier to remedy for the guys than for Parker). Dan decides to be the hero and jump the 50 feet or so to the ground so he can get help. When his leg bones break through and he effectively becomes a rag doll from the knees down, wolves start circling round and decide the Sunday evening buffet is now open. And then there were two.
So the next morning, Parker and Joe wake up and Parker must rip her hand from the bar it is frozen to. Her face is frostbitten and chunks of skin come off when she wipes at it. Joe meanwhile decides to try to hand-over-hand crawl down the wire to a nearby pole with a ladder. The rope is razor-sharp though, and his hands are soon fleshy gobs of bloody meat.
This is basically all I can tell you without giving too much away since there really is very little plot left after this. The movie is an interesting concept which I felt could have been much more scary with some different “elements” thrown in besides just the “elements” and the wolves. If you’re looking for a good scare, keep looking…
- Top Scare: None
- Heartbeats: 1 out of 5
- Gore Factor: 2 1/2 out of 5
- Suspense Factor: 2 out of 5
- Recommended for: 13 and up
Next up: The Haunting