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DVD: THIN ICE

| 21 August 2018 | Reply

DVD: THIN ICE
Written by Jill & Karen Sprecher
Directed by Jill Sprecher
Starring Greg Kinnear, Billy Crudup, Alan Arkin
Shock Entertainment, June 2018
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar
4/10

Thin Ice is textbook Hollywood: a film made with an auteur’s vision to serve its story, apparently directed so well as to receive abundant praise at 2011’s Sundance Film Festival… which was then gutted like a fish by its production company without any involvement from director Jill Sprecher, leading to it being a flop on its official release.

Personally, I would love to see the director’s cut (at that stage the movie was known as The Convincer), as Thin Ice is, to quote one review of the time, “a stinker.”

I’ve always been suspicious of films with a voice over – especially one explaining the plot to you. It reeks of a poorly made movie – something so inadequately written, filmed or edited that the viewer has no way of fathoming what went down. Thin Ice starts and finishes with a voice over. The finishing segment LITERALLY explains the story for us.

Mickey (Greg Kinnear) is a struggling insurance salesman not above a low-level duplicitous scam. When we first meet Mickey he is targeted by a wallet thieving young lady of dubious morality at a convention, setting in motion a chain of escalating events. Back home, one of his salesmen introduces him to Gorvy (a heavily accented and overly bumbling Alan Arkin), who he soon discovers has an antique violin in his possession which could be the answer to Mickey’s financial woes.

Mickey befriends Gorvy somehow – Kinnear’s charmless, brusque, selfish Mickey sure wouldn’t get the time of day here – and sets out to steal the instrument, attracting unwanted attention from security system installer psycho Randy (Billy Crudup) along the way.

To tell more would be to spoil Kinnear’s voice over at the end of the film, but suffice to say much of what’s coming is one dimensional and shows little hints of the twists revealed in the end. Thin Ice is clunkily assembled, and reeks of narrow minded non-creative suits dumbing the film down in a desperate attempt to break even. It’s a shame, as there is a real spark at the heart of the film which, if rumours are to be believed, was given life in the director’s initial cut.

Shane

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