Saturday, September 28, 2013

Trailer Review: FROZEN by Melissa de la Cruz

I'm a bad blogger, and I apologize. Yesterday is a story for another time, but here I am now. =]

Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature--freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows.

At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she's heard of a mythical land simply called "the Blue." They say it's paradise, where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it's a place where Nat won't be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light.

But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible, and her only shot is to bet on a ragtag group of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson to take her there. Danger and deceit wait on every corner, even as Nat and Wes find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this fantastic tale of the evil men do and the awesome power within us all.

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Sometimes, live-action trailers are pretty cool. Sometimes, trailers with voice over are pretty cool. (For example, UNBREAKABLE) However, this is not one of those instances.

What the voice says, on the other hand, is pretty interesting. It gets me intrigued about why she wants to escape. (Call me weird, but I absolutely LOVE the cold.) Also, the clips we do get are pretty compelling. I mean, it's pretty typical with the girl looking out the window all longingly, and the flash we get of that birthmark-looking thing on her chest, but if you can look beyond that it does keep you pretty interested.

The point it takes a sour note, however, is after we get a glimpse of the guy. Is that supposed to be the cocky love interest, Ryan Wesson? Is it just me, or does it look like he's either A. planning her demise in his head, or B. planning to stalk her (like so many "love interests" in Young Adult novels do)? And I'm sorry, in those clothes, you would be FREEZING to death! Las Vegas is frigid now (which, believe me, is an epic twist), so why the cheese are those two dressed as if it's mildly brisk outside?

Lastly, the way she holds up that thing and looks through to a sunny, beachy place beyond leads me to wonder what, exactly, that thing is. Beguiling, no? And that teeny, tiny chirp of a bird we hear is kind of cute.

Final rating: Two point five out of five stars.

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