Although the previews appear to be consumed with cheese, “Out Cold” has unbelievable cult classic potential. It will undoubtedly become a “must see” for teens and early twenty-somethings, non-snowboarders included. Jason London”s role in this film is his best since he was cast as the infamous Randall “Pink” Floyd in the 1993 fatty boom batty hit, “Dazed and Confused.” The intricacy of the plot line is quite shocking to the system. You may walk into the film expecting predictability to be laid out on a platter before you, but instead you experience twists and turns that may keep you up until dawn. I do not wish to act as a spoiler, so I will not reveal so much as to deter you from embarking on this voyage, but I will tell you this much: Bull Mountain, the ski lodge of which the film is supposed to take place, is cherished by its locals for its comfortable atmosphere and familiarity. However, a quasi-fascist figure sporting the name of John Majors (Lee Majors) decides to buy out the resort and transform it into an elite getaway. The employees, Pigpen (Derek Hamilton, “Disturbing Behavior”), Rick (Jason London), Luke (Zach Galifianakis, “Corky Romano”) and Anthony (Flex Alexander, “The Sixth Man,” “Juice”) originally feel as though the reconstruction of their “home” will attract the hot to trot snow bunnies, so they jump onboard. The libidinal drive of the guys comes to a halt when they realize just how much hatred they have accumulated for John Majors and what he has done.
A romantic fairy tale-esque love story is woven through the plot, involving the characters of Rick, fellow employee, Jenny (A.J. Cook, “Virgin Suicides) and John Major”s daughter, Anna (Caroline Dhavernas). This is when the viewer is introduced to the depth of Jason London”s psyche and how prolific his acting ability truly is. You can even catch a hint of Randall Floyd if you concentrate faultlessly.
“Out Cold” is the directing debut of Brendan and Emmett Malloy. If the future works of these entrepreneurs are at all comparable to this masterpiece, their stream of limelight will never fade away. Burning out from overuse of extreme talent is the only possibility. The American public must pay homage to the Malloys for their contribution to the country”s film culture. It would only make sense to designate a day of worship, possibly a day in April. April is a pretty month, which is convenient, because Malloy Day should be a pretty day. Whether it was the intimate cyber sex scene between two of the co-workers or the recitation of “Fight Club” during a phenomenal satirical routine. “Out Cold” is a worthy addition to the cult classic genre. It is, beyond the shadow of a doubt, one of the saddest movies I have ever seen. Jason London should stick to being “Dazed and Confused.” At least that flick is quote worthy.