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31 out of 33 people found the following review useful:

A dark thriller, far exceeding expectations.

9/10
Author: Y2Neil from Derby, UK
2 February 2005

The film follows the life of Sean Veil who has been accused of the brutal murder of twin six year old girls, their mother and the brutal assault of their father. Sean knows that he is an innocent man, and although the court can't prove he is guilty, Detective Mountjoy (Colin Salmon) and criminal psychologist Saul Seger (Ian McNeice) are determined that he is and will do anything to put him behind bars. Determined to make sure he is never accused of anything again Sean sets up video cameras throughout his entire home and won't leave the house unless he is being videotaped on his "self-cam". When the police storm his home accusing him of another murder he can prove his innocence - or can he? As the specific tapes that are needed have gone missing.

The film is an incredibly dark, chilling and suspense filled thriller that uses many shots from the CCTV that follows Sean around his life. There is a distinct lack of colour throughout the entire film which adds to the eerie nature. The film uses many images of entrapment throughout by the use of camera shots and tricks and really shows the paranoia that runs constantly in Sean's head - even though the first thing he "must remember" is that 'Paranoia is a malfunction of the ability to reason'.

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27 out of 33 people found the following review useful:

Chillingly Superb

10/10
Author: joanne cole from South Wales
20 June 2004

To most people Lee Evans is the goofy comic off the telly, but this film shows that there is more to Mr Evans than meets the eye.

He gives a superbly chilling performance as Sean Veil an acquitted murder suspect who films himself 24 hours a day every day, (the opening sequence shows him being woken by an alarm as he struggles to put a new tape in the camera). He's being chased by a police psychologist, two cops and an investigative reporter who all seem to have dark little secrets of their own.

The film comes to a dramatic and violent conclusion, so take someone with you it your easily scared.

An excellent British thriller.

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20 out of 25 people found the following review useful:

A big surprise.

8/10
Author: jjgeurtsen from The Netherlands
10 November 2004

I saw this film during the American Film Market in Santa Monica and I was surprised by the quality of this movie. The story is very original and the lead actor Lee Evans (There's Something About Mary) showed us that he can do more than comedy.

Evans plays Sean Veil a man who was accused and acquitted of three murders and after that experience he decided that he needs a permanent alibi so he tapes every second of his life. Ten years later the police comes knocking at his door because he is the suspect of another murder. In his collection of thousands and thousands of tapes, safely hidden in a vault, there is a gap so for that time Sean has no alibi and once again he has a major problem.

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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

Great performance by Evans

7/10
Author: Roland E. Zwick (magneteach@aol.com) from United States
10 November 2005

Sean Veil is the ultimate paranoiac, a man so convinced that everyone is out to get him that he's even begun spying on HIMSELF. However, there is actually a method to his madness, for unlike many paranoiacs, Sean has a valid reason to be fearful and suspicious of those around him. About ten years prior to the time of the story, Sean was falsely arrested for the brutal slaying of a woman and her two young daughters - a crime for which he was eventually acquitted, although the experience has left him emotionally devastated and psychologically damaged. His reputation ruined, Sean has since devised an elaborate system whereby he can videotape himself 24/7, so that he will always have an alibi if someone ever attempts to accuse him again of a crime he didn't commit. Unfortunately, Sean soon discovers that even the latest in modern technology can't guarantee his safety if the forces out to get him can figure out how to beat him at his own game.

This quirky and original Irish film suffers a bit from the constraints of its budget and the amateurishness of some of the performances. Director John Simpson's split screen technique, though intriguing at first, becomes a bit trying after awhile, and the storyline is not always as cleanly and clearly developed as it might be, although the drab, colorless look of the film perfectly reflects the drab, colorless life of its protagonist.

The movie overrides most of its flaws thanks to one element that is the real thing: Lee Evans' searing and uncompromising portrayal of an innocent man driven to the brink of madness by his obsessive need to prove that innocence. With his nervous, soft-spoken demeanor and constant look of terrified submission, Evans makes what could have been a creepy, repulsive character into a thoroughly sympathetic figure. We find ourselves so drawn to his predicament and so involved in his fate that, even at those moments when the movie itself falls flat, we stick with it anyway.

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23 out of 32 people found the following review useful:

Lee Evans, as you've never seen him before!

10/10
Author: (madmarek) from Warrington, England
21 June 2004

Freeze Frame is an engaging psychological thriller which keeps you guessing right up to the final shot. It's a low budget UK movie which uses few sets and only a handful of characters. However the clever editing, where the POV switches quite frequently from the main movie cameras to one of Sean's many surveillance cams, gives the movie an edge of gritty realism and adds to the overall creepy factor.

That, combined with the atmospheric music and a surprisingly superb performance by a freakishly scary looking Lee Evans (who's movie career so far has been very poor, he was the bumbling Brit with a dodgy US accent in 'There's Something About Mary' and the bumbling Brit in 'The Medallion' with Jackie Chan) soon has you forgetting about the budget as you find yourself becoming more and more engaged in this well written, character driven movie.

On the minus side, some of the supporting cast performances are not the best and towards the end the plot almost spirals out of control. Personally I hate those type of movies where they try to cover up the fact that the writers didn't really have a clue how to end it, by creating twists within twists until the viewer ends up totally confused. Freeze Frame manages to pull itself out of that trap just before they went too far IMHO and the way it ends was the best they could do under the circumstances, although I could imagine some people feeling a little bit unfulfilled and disappointed with the conclusion. Personally I loved it and I highly recommend it!

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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful:

Visually Stunning.

8/10
Author: 24540647 from London, England
6 April 2005

Firstly, I have to say Lee Evans is without doubt stunning in this film. We can only hope that he gets further meaty roles on the back of this performance.

A triple murder suspect has his case thrown out of court due to police incompetence. Vowing his innocence, he becomes a paranoid who tapes himself "24/7/52" and keeps the tapes in a special vault. Just before the 10th anniversary of the murders, he is again arrested on suspicion of murder, and when he tries to produce the relevant tapes they are missing.

The only downside to this superbly edited, visually stunning film is the lack of suspects as there are only half a dozen characters throughout. Other than that, it's well worth watching. Unlike most people here, I even enjoyed the ending (especially Evans last words!)

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

See Evans in a totally different light

Author: atradeauctions from Merseyside
13 August 2004

This film, although not to everybody's liking, shows the world exactly how talented Lee Evans actually is. We all know his comedy skills aren't lacking (think Parole Officer) but this picture really does show off his acting abilities.

I found it a little slow to start, but it keeps you guessing all the way, whether this is intentional or not it certainly keeps you glued to the screen!

My advice is go grab it! Probably not one to watch again and again but certainly an enjoyable movie, Evans really does shine and makes this movie. Watch out for the crazy plot twist at the end, beats sixth sense's twists any day!

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Very dark and stylish, great plot

8/10
Author: Simon from Germany
21 March 2006

This is a pretty cool movie. Very stylish with all the handy-cam shots and the unsaturated colour.

A great performance from Lee Evans.

The plot was great but I found the ending a little too convenient and clichéd. I think it would have been better to spread some of the revelations around a bit, or at least give some stronger hints - or did I just miss them? Or was a different ending initially planned?

While watching I was distracted by wondering how such a guy could finance himself for so long? Would have been nice to have been given a simple reason.

Coincidentally I'd watched The Final Cut the evening before and couldn't help noticing the similarity and opposites of the two films. In The Final Cut the main character is tormented by guilt for something he remembers doing, whereas in Freezeframe Veil is tormented by accusations of doing something that he believes he didn't do. Both characters use av-recording technology to help themselves cope.

Anyway, well worth seeing.

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Smart and a little disturbing

8/10
Author: Indyrod from United States
27 June 2005

This Irish movie is my surprise hit of the weekend so far. I've never heard of this movie, and had no idea what to expect except what is on the DVD box, which looked pretty good. The story is about a guy that was accused of a brutal triple homicide ten years ago, and was let go because of technicalities. Since he believed he was being set up the police, he started videotaping every single thing he has done since then, 24/7/52, believing the cops were trying to hang other murders on him, he's turned into a real paranoid. And for good reason, because a dying sick detective is trying to get him for anything he can, before he dies himself. Bring into this a forensic crime writer who keeps giving lectures and writing books about guilty criminals that get off because of technicalities. So, our guy even has a camera mounted on his torso pointing towards his face whenever he leaves his bunker like home, which has cameras everywhere possible. Along come the cops who accuse him again, of a murder five years ago, and when he goes to find that particular tape, it is missing. YEEKS!!!! Then things get really complicated for him, and we get into a bunch of twists and turns towards the climax of the story, that made this a great Saturday night flick that's a little off center, and somewhat disturbing. Great movie, and I hope some of the rest of you have a chance to see it. Very very original, and quite creative, with excellent performances. This is my pick of the week for something out of the blue.

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

Dark, Intriguing and Original

8/10
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
30 September 2007

Ten years ago, after being accused of a hideous murder of a mother and her twin daughters, Sean Veil (Lee Evans) became paranoid, filming himself along twenty-four hours a day to have an alibi if necessary. The small time psychologist Saul Seger (Ian McNeice) became a famous forensic profiler and writer with the case and every now and then he accuses Sean Veil of the crime. The reporter Katie Carter (Rachel Stirling) believes in Sean's innocence. When the body of the missing Mary Shaw is found, Sean has to prove where he was five years ago. However, the tapes that can prove that he is not guilty have mysteriously disappeared from the storage shelf and Sean suspects that Saul has stolen them to incriminate him.

The dark, intriguing and original "Freeze Frame" is a great surprise. This low-budget movie has a very weird and confused beginning, with a bizarre character and an eerie but stylish cinematography, but it is worthwhile watching it if the viewer likes independent movies. The interpretation of Lee Evans is great with his paranoid character following his own rules of behavior. There are many twists and a surprising end. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Cena do Crime" ("The Crime Scene")

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