In the wintry countryside near Canada, smooth-talking heist man Addison (Eric Bana) and his femme fatale sister Liza (Olivia Wilde) are on the run with a bag full of cash from a casino job. With a deadly blizzard swirling around them, they split up to make a desperate dash for the border. Meanwhile, troubled boxer Jay (Charlie Hunnam) has just been released from prison and is heading home to spend Thanksgiving with his mother (Sissy Spacek) and retired sheriff father (Kris Kristofferson). A twist of fate sets them all on a collision course, hurtling this icy thriller to a shocking climax.
Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky, whose film The Counterfeiters won the Academy Award for best foreign-language film in 2008, commands his frigid setting with a careful attention to the mood-setting sights and sounds of a snowbound small town. First-time screenwriter Zach Dean's tightly wound, twisting-and-turning suspense story always puts character first—providing a generous amount of character depth for these ace actors to play with, and proving that no good guy is all good, and no bad guy all bad.
Length: 94 minutes
Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky
Screenwriter: Zach Dean
Producer: Gary Levinsohn, Shelly Clippard, Ben Cosgrove, Todd Wagner, Mark Cuban
Editor: Arthur Tarnowski, Dan Zimmerman
Director of Photography: Shane Hurlbut, A.S.C.
Production Designer: Paul Denham Austerberry
Executive Producer: Mark Cuban, Josette Perrotta, Adam Kolbrenner, Winfried Hammacher, Olivier Courson, Ron Halpern
Composer: Marco Beltrami
Casting by: Randi Hiller
Odette Gadoury: Odette Gadoury
Primary Cast: Eric Bana, Charlie Hunnam, Olivia Wilde, Kris Kristofferson, Sissy Spacek, Kate Mara, Treat Williams
Stefan Ruzowitzky was born in Vienna, Austria. He directed his first feature film, Tempo, in 1996. His other films include The Inheritors, Anatomy, All the Queen's Men, Anatomy 2, Lilly the Witch, and The Counterfeiters, which won the Oscar for best foreign-language film.