I’m not a snowboarder or a skier. I’ve never done either. I am, however, an absolute pro at the original Amped for Xbox, so I think that gives me enough background in snowboarding for me to writing about this movie knowingly. By that logic I’m also qualified for Secretary of Defense because I beat Call of Duty.
But in all, or at least some, seriousness, Deep Winter isn’t a bad movie. It’s got a bit of an identity crisis that prevents it from being great, but it’s not terrible. The movie switches back and forth between being an extreme sports film and being a sappy, emo Hollywood movie. Guess which one wins out.
The action scenes aren’t bad. They kept me entertained so that’s a moral victory for the movie if nothing else. There are some cool little tricks done and some cool little camera shots to keep everything fresh and fun. Which is an accomplishment since about a third of the movie is snowboarding/skiing footage. The footage isn’t at the level of the purely snowboard movies that are all about the shot and doing crazy things on camera but it’s a giant step up from something on the level of, say, Out Cold. It’s kind of like the opening scene in Out Cold except it takes of a third of the movie and at a bit higher level.
Then the rest of the movie is the story-driven Hollywood stuff that keeps the storyline driven people happy. The main story follows the little engine story. “I can’t, I can’t.” “You can, you can.” “I can’t, I can’t.” “You can’t, you can’t.” “I CAN, I CAN, I WILL, I DID!” Yay we all go home. That’s obviously not the only storyline going on, because that would be boring. So they throw in a love interest to cause friction and stuff. This love interest cause’s friction because it’s the best friends sister and “He’d kill me if he found out about us.” Oh my, I wonder if he’ll find out. You’ll have to watch the movie to find out.
And then the part that doesn’t really make sense for me and it happens a lot. I never understand it when the main character becomes a huge asshole and it never has any long term affect on the relationship. I do something like that once and I spend the next month buying stuff until the girl isn’t ticked any more. It’s not fair; I want to see a main character have to buy the girl a bunch of stuff over a long period of time before she just forgives him. It’s ridiculous.
Speaking of ridiculous. My favorite part of the movie is the opening credits when they misspell the name of the one actor. Never ceases to amaze me. It’s spelled correctly everywhere else. On the packaging, in the ending credits, on Amazon, but in the opening credits they flubbed it up. The guys name is Kellan Lutz, but in the opening credits he’s called Kellen Lutz. I love it. Of course, it could be the other way around and it’s misspelled everywhere but in the opening credits. That would be even funnier.
There’s a guy in the movie named CJ, which kills me because I go by CJ all over the interwebs, and I don’t know if it’s him, or the writing. But holy crap do I hate him. I think it’s him, I think they just grabbed some skier off a mountain and said, “Be in our movies, say this.” And had him say it. Here’s the situation, the two friends have gotten back together and go skiing down a mountain. They finish their first little run and CJ is with them, and when the first two finish, it’s fine, but then CJ gets there and the scene just goes to hell. I can’t really do it justice. Neither can he, but still. It’s just Wow.
The rest of the cast is ok. Kellan is actually pretty good. His character has the widest range of mental state and he plays it well, you can tell he’s starting to turn, and you see little things affect him and he turns more and it’s all quite good. Michael Madsen plays his typical stoic, gruff guy. He’s actually asked to show a little emotion, but thankfully they don’t ask too much of him.
One last thing quick, someone please tell me I’m not crazy in thinking there’s a perfectly good line to ski down in plain view where they drop in. I mean, it looks perfect, not too steep, not an avalanche risk, I mean, it’d wouldn’t make great footage for a sports action movie, but it looks perfectly safe so I don’t know why no one else had skied that mountain.
Deep Winter is presented in 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen format and Dolby Digital 5.1.
A ton of previews. Private Valentine: Blonde and Dangerous, The Lazarus Project, Kabluey, Center Stage: Turn it Up, The Librarian 3, Termination Point, Passengers, Lakeview Terrace, Steep, Lords of Dogtown
A good movie that could have been better with more focus on one aspect or the other. As it is, definitely worth catching and also, if anyone wants to pay for me to go snowboarding in Alaska, I’m all for it.
Gigantic Pictures Presents Deep Winter. Directed by Mikey Hilb. Starring Kellan Lutz, Eric Lively, Robert Carradine and Michael Madsen. Written by Jonathan Protass. Running time: 96 minutes. Rated PG-13. Released on DVD: January 20th, 2009. Available at Amazon.com.