Rent The Frozen Ground (2013)

3.2 of 5 from 410 ratings
1h 41min
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Synopsis:
'The Frozen Ground' is the incredible and chilling true story of the hunt for Robert C. Hansen, one of America's most notorious serial killers.
When teenage prostitute Cindy Paulson (Vanessa Hudgens) is found by police officers - beaten and pleading for her life - in an Alaskan motel room, everyone is quick to dismiss her version of events. However, US state trooper Sgt. Jack Halcombe (Nicolas Cage) soon comes to believe that Cindy is the only surviving victim of a local serial killer, Robert C. Hansen, responsible for the murders of over 17 young women in the past decade. Lacking the support of his department, Halcombe must find Cindy, gain her trust and form an unlikely partnership in order to track down the man who still wants to kill her.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
50 Cent, Randall Emmett, Jane Fleming, George Furla, Mark Ordesky, Jeff Rice
Writers:
Scott Walker
Studio:
Koch Media
Genres:
Drama, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
13/01/2014
Run Time:
101 minutes
Languages:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Examining the Frozen Ground
BBFC:
Release Date:
13/01/2014
Run Time:
101 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Examining 'The Frozen Ground'

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Reviews (4) of The Frozen Ground

Excellent, Alaska-set Psycho Thriller - The Frozen Ground review by PV

Spoiler Alert
18/01/2014

This movie is excellent entertainment and had me gripped from the start. A BIG problem is the lack of subtitles on the DVD, because so much dialogue is so naturalistic as to be inaudible. However, the film itself is sound.

What is intriguing here is that a detective knows who murdered girls from early on - but he just cannot prove it. The movie is a quest for that evidence, with a neat trick in the final scenes concluding the movie well.

There are fine acting performances all round. The jeopardy increases throughout until the final scene - essential for a film structure but making me think if everything here is 100% true.

Still, it's based on a disturbing true story. Set in 1983 too, though not much 80s flavour!

The is one of the best thrillers I have seen in the last decade. A refreshing change from the usual LA or New York set detective dramas.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Well worth a watch - The Frozen Ground review by BE

Spoiler Alert
12/02/2014

I was unexpectedly impressed by this movie. It's slick and absorbing. I had not read the synopsis so did not realise it was based on true happenings until the credits came up. Excellent acting all round although I have a problem with unclear American diction. I usually access the subtitles facility for American movies but none available on this DVD. Fortunately, this did not impede enjoyment of the film.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

The Frozen Ground (2013) - A true story worth a look - The Frozen Ground review by GD

Spoiler Alert
03/04/2014

If you've not seen this one give it a go, Reasonably well made and acted, I thought the script and editing could have been better, but overall the true story of an evil person's shocking deeds and how he got his comeuppance in the end keeps the viewer going.

If you like films based on true crime, this is one for you.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

The Frozen Ground review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso

he Frozen Ground, a psychological crime thriller that boasts some fine acting from not only John Cusack and Nicholas Cage but also Vanessa Hudgens, an actress who has been looking for a vehicle to impress with, has more aspirations than accomplishments with the films final words lacking the punch they rightly deserve.

The film follows Sergeant Jack Halcombe (Cage) as he is assigned his final case with the Alaska State Troopers, an investigation into the disappearance of multiple girls, some found, others not. He finds assistance from local prostitute Cindy Paulson (Vanessa Hudgens), a woman who was kidnapped and raped by Robert Hansen (Cusack), an upstanding member of the community and a sadistic murderer to boot.

It’s not that the film is bad although I’m not saying its good either, it’s just that it doesn’t tell its interesting and disturbing story with enough guts or style to really make the film a piece of entertainment. Director and writer Scott Walker is so enamoured by the truth the film is based on that he forgets he is constructing a film for entertainment purposes. While having the usual plot points and tension filled chases, the films dramatic scenes lack depth.

The whole exercise feels like a true crime documentary, the characters don’t feel real because Walker has ironically stuck to the facts. Cage’s Halcombe is one cliche after another as he brings heart to a character crafted out of tragic backstory and moral authority. Without Cage he would be just another irritating detective from a late night TV procedural.

Cusack is just the right amount of depraved to pull Hansen off. Full of malice and venom, Hansen hides it behind fake charm and bravado something Cusack has proven time after time he is excellent at. His disguise must obviously falter but Cusack manages to make Hansen’s fall almost poetic despite the predictable and lazy nature of the films final act.

Unsure of what its really trying to do, the film attempts to honor the people Hansen killed and the lives he ruined along the way but the film somehow trivializes what happened due to the half hearted approach the filmmaker took and the predictable yet honest depiction of the story.

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