The Frozen Ground

2013

Action / Biography / Crime / Drama / History / Mystery / Thriller

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 60%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 50%
IMDb Rating 6.4 10 49169

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Cast

Nicolas Cage as Jack Halcombe
Vanessa Hudgens as Cindy Paulson
John Cusack as Robert Hansen
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe as Chelle Ringell
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1hr 45 min
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1hr 45 min
P/S 0 / 7

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by mobilealusa 10 / 10

Excellent watch

Miss Hudgens should have won an award. Simply outstanding performance. Mr. Cusack, as always, delivers a 10. Mr. Cage, while not always at the top of his game, nails his part in this movie. Great script and terrific directing. It's nice to see a true story treated as it should be.

Reviewed by Scott LeBrun 7 / 10

Cage and Cusack are worthy adversaries.

Inspired by the real life exploits of Alaska based serial killer Robert Hansen (played here by John Cusack), this is an okay thriller that pits the creepy Hansen against a dedicated State Trooper, Jack Halcombe (Nicolas Cage). Halcombe gets his big break when one young woman is able to escape Hansens' clutches. She is Cindy Paulson (Vanessa Hudgens), an underage prostitute.

Much time is dedicated to the police procedural aspect to the story, as Halcombe and his many associates (played by Kevin Dunn, Dean Norris, Michael McGrady, Matt Gerald, and others) try to work within the law, and establish an airtight case. Hansen will prove to be a tough nut to crack, despite having a shady past, and it doesn't help that he's got this outward appearance of devoted family man and upstanding community member.

Cage is effectively understated, with no trace of eccentricities. He's dead serious as this unsmiling cop protagonist. Cusack is likewise a model of subtlety in his performance. The supporting cast (Radha Mitchell, Kurt Fuller, Gia Mantegna, Brad William Henke, 50 Cent) is solid right down the line, although Mitchell gets little to do as Halcombes' wife. Hudgens does a respectable job as the haunted girl who's built up defense mechanisms to deal with a sad family history.

The film gets most of its value from the Alaska setting (it was actually shot on location), which is simply full of atmosphere, beauty, and menace. It may also have some appeal for people who are interested in seeing the seedier environments of Anchorage.

"The Frozen Ground" is grim and pervasive, and will be hard for some viewers to take. But overall it's a well made and well acted film, that only begins to give one an idea of just how much carnage Hansen may have left in his wake.

Seven out of 10.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 4 / 10

Nicolas Cage hunts a serial killer in the icy north

THE FROZEN GROUND is an Alaska-set Hollywood serial killer thriller, based on a true story from the 1980s. It stars Nicolas Cage as a cop on the trail of serial killer John Cusack, and much of the narrative revolves around a former victim and the only person to escape the killer's clutches, played by Vanessa Hudgens. The icy locales always make for a decent cinematic backdrop, but I'm afraid I found the rest of the production largely uninteresting.

The problem with this film is its familiarity. The subject matter is predictable and dragged out and you never feel the urgency or momentum of the situation, as you do in the true classics of the genre like ZODIAC or SEVEN. Cage downplays it for the most part, as does Cusack, but this means that by contrast Hudgens gives something of a histrionic turn that I found irritating. The story takes place in the usual grungy strip clubs and the like and is frequently dark and nihilistic, but this time around that didn't amount to a very enjoyable viewing experience for me.

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