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Frozen River (2008)

Written By Unknown on Saturday, April 10, 2010 | 8:24 AM

Genre: Drama/Crime

Starring: Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Charlie McDermott

North County, upstate New York. Just a few days to go for Christmas and Ray Eddy (Leo) has enough problems in her life when a new one decides to show up. Her husband abandons the family and takes with him the money she had saved for a new house. When she goes on a hunt for him, she encounters a Mohawk, Lila (Upham) who stole his car while he got on a bus for New York. Lila knows someone who could buy her car but for that she has to illegally cross the border and go to Canada. In order to cross the border, she has to drive over the frozen St. Lawrence River and since they go through an Indian reservation area, they hope to avoid detection. In reality, Lila lures Ray across the border to smuggle people back into the United States. Reluctant to do it at first, she realises that it would be a good way to earn back the money that she had lost for their new house. The movie is very slow and is not the most delightful movie to watch, apart from the climax. It has an interesting end and becomes the only highlight of the movie. Melissa Leo puts on a fantastic and almost real-life performance and is well supported by the entire cast. If its entertainment you want then this movie is not what your looking for, if its a critical sound movie then this one ticks all the right boxes.

Thumbs up: Fabulous performances
Thumbs down: Boring and a bit slow plot

Rating: 6.5/10
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