Thin Ice was a solid murder conundrum tale. I had moments of laughing aloud but more often I was subsumed by feeling of black guilt and regret.
This is the darkest of dark comedies and most of the time Thin Ice doesn't feel funny at all because of the horrible happenings that befall Greg Kinnear. Does he deserve it? Most probably but I would argue that almost any film which portrays a character that continues on a downward spiral of unfortunate luck and circumstance creates within most viewers a real sense of empathy/sympathy. I really felt bad for the Kinnear character - he had lost the semblance of control of his sad life.
Alan Arkin, Billy Crudup and Bob Balaban are all sublime in their portrayal of country bumpkins. I don't want to give any of the plot away except to say that it had many expected twists and many unexpected turns. I wasn't enjoying the movie at first but eventually the characters and plot drew me in. A great winter rental indeed.
Recommended Viewing: Fargo - A Simple Plan
Bob Scale: Objective: 7.0 - Subjective: 7.5
Rotten Tomatoes: 72