"Freeze Frame" is certainly no bouncy salute to the J. Geils Band. It's a gritty, noir thriller that mixes Orwellian paranoia, allegory and a tabloid lust for brutal crimes to rail against the contemporary concerns of omnipresent media and intrusive government.
Reminiscent of "Memento" in its protagonist's obsessive-compulsive need for documentation, "Freeze Frame" casts British comedian Lee Evans ("There's Something About Mary") against type as a man once accused of a triple homicide and forever fixated on protecting himself against any attempts to frame him. Sweaty, twitching Sean Veil is so intent on providing himself a perpetual alibi that he videotapes himself constantly, meticulously dating and archiving the cassettes.
His dank, cavernous residence -- "home" is far too warm a term -- has cameras in every room. When he goes outside, Veil straps on a Steadicam-like harness with a camera erupting from his chest pointing back at him, chronicling his every move. He shaves himself clean, giving him the appearance of a large, worried thumb, to avoid shedding any DNA that might be used to entrap him.
Though the original homicide charges were dropped a decade before due to a meddling, overzealous true-crime author (Ian McNeice), Veil continues to be pursued with equal fervor for other crimes by a tubercular detective (Sean McGinley) and a impatient television reporter (Rachael Stirling, the daughter of Diana Rigg). Perhaps it isn't paranoia if everyone is actually out to get you.