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The Frozen Ground: Movie Review

"The Frozen Ground" seems a waste considering how superb the acting is within the film. In fact, this is one of the best performances of Nicolas Cage in years. Unfortunately for him, "The Frozen Ground" fails miserably in everything else. Instead of remembering Nicolas Cage's performance, most will feel that the extremely familiar story and subsequent development of it makes this one too generic to be enjoyable.

In 1984, Anchorage, Alaska, Cindy Paulson (Vanessa Hudgens), a prostitute, accuses Robert Hansen (John Cusack) of trying to rape, kidnap and kill her. Due to the nature of her job, the police dismiss the case and don't take her seriously. But when bodies are soon discovered in the Alaskan wilderness of several missing women, Alaska State Trooper Jack Halcombe (Nicolas Cage) decides that he must put the serial killer behind bars. To help him, he tries to convince Cindy to help him investigate and gather evidence against his main suspect, Robert Hansen.

"The Frozen Ground" fails to distinguish itself from those that came before it. This spin on a true story contains impressive acting mixed with a forgetful plot and story. Amazingly, all leads had great performances. Nicolas Cage was perfect for his role as a soon-to-be-retired cop out to get a gruesome killer, John Cusack balances a friendly citizen with an extremely psychotic dark side and Vanessa Hudgens makes a gripping case as a prostitute lost in her vices and who doesn't know who to trust anymore. Unfortunately, acting is only the thing that we truly enjoyed from "The Frozen Ground". The story was something else. It was mostly devoid of life. And unfortunately, the few instances were we felt the film moving into thrilling ground will also test your credulity. It does not help that the greyish feel of its Alaskan setting makes this more monotonous and flat than it should be. Overall, being too generic is the thing that nails the coffin for "The Frozen Ground".

Rating: 3 reels





Why you should watch it:
- Nicolas Cage finally makes a compelling performance in years
- the other leads and supporting cast make do with gripping performances too

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- movie feels like we have seen this countless times
- fails to make a compelling thriller film searching for a gruesome killer


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