The Frozen Ground Review

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Robert Hansen (Cusack), a serial killer terrorising Alaska, must be stopped. State trooper Jack Halcombe (Cage) thinks a teenage prostitute (Cindy) might be the key to doing exactly that.


A based-on-fact, Alaskan set drama in the Zodiac vein. When teenage hooker Cindy (Vanessa Hudgens) escapes from a sadistic client, the cops don’t bother to make a case, but State Trooper Jack Halcombe (Nicolas Cage) — puzzling over several corpses found in the wilderness — believes Cindy is the key to stopping prolific serial killer Bob Hansen (John Cusack). It has a few too many clichés, like the wife (Radha Mitchell) nagging the hero to take a private-sector job as he obsesses on the case and casting Curtis Jackson as a pimp, but the cat-and-mouse second half works up suspense and poignance.

With Cage as a harried cop, Cusack as a serial killer and 50 Cent as a pimp, we're assuming the casting department kicked off early on this one. Still, there's plenty in this taut thriller for you to stick around for, not least the reuniting of the Con Air duo.