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The Frozen Ground
Half-baked Alaska?

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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.

The Frozen Ground

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.

Reviewed by Kim Newman

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They did good.

Being from Alaska and knowing Anchorage, it was so nice to watch an Alaskan movie done right. Anchorage is not like that anymore, let me just say that. They hit it on the nose. Good job guys, plus their my favorite actors. We waited and waited for this to be released and it did not disappoint. I'm buying DVDs tomorrow. Reading the sappy reviews just shows a movie mind. This was not just a movie, these were real lives taken and the brief scenes of killing are because Hansen is real and he ... More

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Posted by Fiademia at 06:08, 02 October 2013 | Report This Post


It takes soooo long to get going! Cusack is a really good actor, why o why does he continue to choose such shite films!? Cage looks like he's boring himself. And the first hour is so boring - it's just the same situation repeating itself, Cindy escapes cops, runs around, cops find her, she runs off again. Yawn. The scenes - unfortunately, only two - where Cage meets Cusack face to face, are enjoyable. But the direction is just so pedestrian, it doesn't even attempt to make anything look or f... More

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Posted by tysmuse at 19:19, 28 July 2013 | Report This Post


I went to see this not having read much about it and expecting the usual Nicholas Cage fodder (which I actually like) but was pleasantly surprised by how good this was. In regards to the reviewer who thinks that John Cusack is a limited actor, well think again! I thought he was excellent, giving a very eerie performance. Nic Cage was also very good as was Vanessa Hudgens. With all the horror movies that come out every year featuring all kinds of vampires, zombies etc this film goes to show how m... More

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Posted by archie119 at 00:13, 26 July 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Straight-to-video fodder, BUT...

L: TheMightyBlackout says a lot about the tone of the The Frozen Ground that when the closing credits start with a dedication to Hansen's victims, and a sequence of photographs/details are sequentially shown of each, not a single person left the auditorium or even fidgeted to. bout half of the people in my screening left straight away. It felt a little disrespectful to be honest. I liked the film a lot. And BenTramer, Cusack was the best thing for me. He was fantastic. ... More

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Posted by Whistler at 23:56, 21 July 2013 | Report This Post

Straight-to-video fodder, BUT... says a lot about the tone of the The Frozen Ground that when the closing credits start with a dedication to Hansen's victims, and a sequence of photographs/details are sequentially shown of each, not a single person left the auditorium or even fidgeted to. I don't know how close to the truth this film goes, but for me it was close enough to be not taken lightly. ... More

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Posted by TheMightyBlackout at 03:06, 21 July 2013 | Report This Post

Good, but could have been great.

John Cusack is a very limited actor in that he can only play himself. At crucial scenes near the end, you can see Cusack struggling to deliver a performance. I would have preferred another stronger actor in the role. I feel that the script never gave enough context or detail on the Hansen and the killings. Even the scenes where he hunted a girl were far too brief, I don't believe he would have flown all the way out to the wilderness to kill them quickly. He was going to make their suffering last... More

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Posted by BenTramer at 15:42, 20 July 2013 | Report This Post

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