What I thought is going to be a black humor comedy with a twist turned out to be something much more. First of all, as many movies before, almost the entire movie is set in snow ridden Wisconsin (death trip), and I love just how that setting immediately sets the atmosphere of the flick. With two experienced leads Greg Kinnear and Alan Arkin, who already worked together in a similar movie Little Miss Sunshine, Thin Ice is a thriller comedy with a fucked up vibe involving scams, murder and black humor. Most of all I enjoyed the character of Mickey Prohaska masterfully played by Greg Kinnear, an average shifty looking insurance salesman who finds himself in quite a pickle…   Since I would like you to fully enjoy the movie, I will not bother you much with anything else in fear that I might spoil the viewing pleasure.

Mickey Prohaska is an insurance salesman looking to move from freezing Wisconsin to some sunnier state. He has a silver tongue and a well thought-out approach to his future customers. Self-confident and always in control he decides to show how it’s done to his new employee by helping him lock a deal with a forgetful elderly gentlemen Gorvy Hauer. While at his house he accidentally discovers that Gorvy has a very valuable violin, that he currently uses to play fetch with his dog. And then and there the plan is born in Mickey Prohaska’s head, a plan that will get him out of snowy Wisconsin but he did not realize that sometimes things go wrong, very wrong. As events unfold we see him losing control over the situation and accusations of murder, heist and embezzlement are pending… Will Mickey manage to talk his way out of this situation (and should we want him to?) is up to you to find out. Enjoy.

Director: Jill Sprecher

Cast: Greg Kinnear, Alan Arkin, Peter Thoemke, Lea Thompson, David Harbour

Fun Facts: The movie’s distributor and WWW asked writer/director Jill Sprecher for sweeping cuts and changes they said were needed to speed up the film, then took the reins, shutting her out and replacing the project’s Emmy-winning composer, Alex Wurman, and Oscar-winning editor, Stephen Mirrione. The film, completely re-cut and titled “Thin Ice”

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1512240/

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