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Dylan McDermott and Peter Facinelli star in the bloody action thriller 'Freezer'

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Robert Saunders (Dylan McDermott) is a nice easy-going guy who is a New York City mechanic. He goes to a birthday dinner for a friend then mysteriously gets knocked out cold. He wakes up locked inside the restaurant's meat freezer with his wrists and ankles tied. The Russian mob has mistaken Robert for someone else. Eight million dollars is missing and they are pissed.

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Robert feels some relief when he discovers another man is also locked in the freezer but the man is badly wounded and fighting death having been in the freezing cold temperature for far too long. Robert learns his name is Sam Gurov (Peter Facinelli) and he is a police detective who might know a lot more than he is letting on. As the Russians grow madder, they keep lowering the temperature.

Of course there is an evil beautiful woman. Her name is Alisa (Yuliya Snigir). She wants Robert to know she's not really bad. Instead of Jessica Rabbit's "I'm just drawn this way" excuse, Alisa's is "The Russians are making me behave like this." She bats her eyes and pouts her lips to communicate with McDermott that she is in dire trouble and in need of rescue from a handsome man post haste. Despite being locked in a freezer for quite some time, McDermott is Johnny-on-the-spot.

Okay, so the plot is far-fetched. If there’s a word for really far-fetched insert it here. McDermott is so adorable though. You may get woozy watching his muscles flex. If that happens you may be willing to just nod your head and go along with the silliness at every ridiculous twist and turn.

Even pushed to their limits and tortured till they're bloody, both McDermott and Facinelli are drool-worthy. The Russian thugs Oleg (Markus Parilo), Kiril (Andrey Ivchenko) and Stepan (Milan Malisic) are appropriately sadistic for this kind of graphic violent thriller.

There's plenty of things happening, so what if they don't make a whole lot of sense? Your job is not to question, just enjoy McDermott's wise-cracking as he wriggles and writhes to escape his inconvenient circumstances.

The gory cold-blooded thriller, all shot in one locale, is written by Tom Doganoglu and Shane Weisfeld and directed by Mikael Salomon. It's a fun romp, especially if you're a fan of McDermott and enjoy ruthlessly barbaric bad guys and blood. If not, take away one star.

Action thriller "Freezer" is playing in limited theater release and available on DVD and Blu-ray. Rated R. 91 min.


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