Verdict: 1 / 5
The film is set in a freezer and leaves its viewers cold. Now that we’ve got the obvious pun out of the way let’s take a look at why.
Dylan McDermott plays Robert Saunders, a mechanic who has the worst stroke of luck at his own birthday celebration, wakes up in the cold room of a restaurant not knowing why he is there or why Russian mobsters put him there. McDermott is still wearing the same leather jacket he wore throughout the first season of Hostages and it seems he hasn’t let go of those character traits either. He is caught somewhere between witty, tough guy and innocent victim of cruel luck. The film follows Saunders as he uncovers the motive of his capture, his interaction with his capturers.
The film is full of plot twists and surprises to keep you entertained, however, closer inspection reveals that there was no real plot line to begin with. We’re helped along by a cameo appearance by a detective Sam played by Peter Facinelli who literally gives an explanation of what the film has shown thus far. The viewer is unable to connect with the characters as their development is without depth or context. The same can be said for a number of unseen characters referenced throughout but do not live up to the plot expectations. It’s all quite bizarre actually. Too many unanswered questions at the end.