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Familial dysfunction lurks around every snowy corner in Stefan Ruzowitzky’s recipe for an over-determined, undercooked thriller. Start with siblings Addison and Liza, whose abusive childhoods have left them incestuously close. Then, when a car crash following a heist strands them in a blizzard, make sure she falls into the rippling arms of a disgraced boxer – who happens to be estranged from his retired-sheriff dad (er, Kris Kristofferson).
The pugilist, meanwhile, is being tracked by an officer; her own police-chief father. And don’t let something as inconvenient as a howling storm keep Addison from stumbling onto a hunting cabin where an ogreish stepfather holds thrall, chasing his baby-toting wife out into the snow. That the characters will converge in a single, bloody set piece is foreordained, but it doesn’t feel like much of a culmination because the movie’s theme hasn’t been developed so much as simply reiterated.
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