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Thin Ice (2011)
"The Convincer" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  25 January 2011 (USA)
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A dishonest insurance salesman's life quickly disintegrates during a Wisconsin winter when he teams up with a psychopath to steal a rare violin at the home of a reclusive farmer.

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Karla Gruenke
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A dishonest insurance salesman's life quickly disintegrates during a Wisconsin winter when he teams up with a psychopath to steal a rare violin at the home of a reclusive farmer.

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Greetings from Kenosha, WI! Where ordinary folks can make a killing. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language, and brief violent and sexual content | See all certifications »

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25 January 2011 (USA)  »

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The Convincer  »

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Opening Weekend:

$183,527 (USA) (17 February 2012)

Gross:

$789,752 (USA) (18 May 2012)
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Trivia

The violin shop featured in the film, Dahl Violins, is an actual violin shop in downtown Minneapolis. In the film, the shop is supposed to be located in Chicago. However, when Mickey and Randy break into the shop at night, the skyline which is prominently featured in the scene's initial shot is obviously Minneapolis, not Chicago. See more »

Soundtracks

Violin Concerto no. 2 In E Major, bwv 1042
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Arrangement by Countdown Media
Performed by 'Countdown Orchestra'
Published by Non-Stop Outrageous Publishing (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Non-Stop Music, Inc.
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If this movie were free, I'd maybe recommend checking it out
10 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was a bit intrigued to see how the new, re-cut "The Convincer" would stack up to its predecessor. To be honest, I was a bit bias from the start, particularly given the title change to "Thin Ice"

Either way, this film lacks structure. I feel like that, in an attempt to make it to the 90 minute marker, it has sacrificed much of its plot. Scenes jump too quickly, and the characters are not allowed to develop as well as they were in "The Convincer". The most important thing to remember when making a suspenseful film is to allow the suspense to develop. Am I crazy to think this? Did the producers simply decide that this had to be a certain length, and then adjust the plot as such? That's how I felt while watching this film.

There is some true potential amidst all of this though - the chemistry between Alan Arkin and Greg Kinnear is only magnified by the addition of Billy Crudup, whose edgy character brings an "anything can happen" dynamic to the plot.

Unfortunately I still can't get past the jumpy editing and floundering sound track. I'm not well adversed on the business side of film, but this newer version left me disappointed. I'm going to go ahead and point my finger at Werc Werk Works. But that's just me.


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