The Frozen Ground


In this fact-based thriller, an Alaska state trooper pursuing a serial killer teams with a 17-year-old-prostitute who escaped the predator’s clutches.

Year: 2013
Certificate: 15
Director: Scott Walker
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Vanessa Hudgens, John Cusack, Dean Norris, Gia Mantegna, Robert Forgit, Brad William Henke, Michael McGrady, Radha Mitchell, 50 Cent, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe

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Since I heard those famous words “Put the bunny back in the box” in ‘Con Air’ I have always been a fan of Nicolas Cage so when I saw ‘The Frozen Ground‘ was on Netflix it was one of the first films I watched. In ‘Con Air’ John Cusack is the cop and Nicolas Cage is the criminal but in the ‘Frozen Ground’ the roles are reversed.

We are told straight away that this film is in fact “based on Actual events” and personally this makes the film all the more interesting.

The film begins with the screams of Cindy (Hudgens) who is discovered bloody and bruised in an apartment bathroom. Her story? She was kidnapped, raped and beaten then driven to an airport where she escaped the clutches of her captor.

To the police it sounds like a sob story from a working girl who didn’t get paid by her latest customer but to Alaskan trooper Jack Holcombe (Cage) it sounds eerily familiar. Holcombe has been on the tail of Robert Hansen (Cusack) for many years but never quite had enough to pursue him and he thinks Cindy could hold the information he needs.

This isn’t your typical ‘Who dunnit’ kind of film. We know from the get go that Hansen is a very bad man and has been getting away with some very bad things for a very long time. He knows the cops have nothing to go on and he uses that to toy with them. Could a killer who’s been so careful in the past, finally be brought to justice or will he yet again be one step ahead of the authorities?

Cusack plays the part brilliantly. Seamlessly switching between the victim of police harassment and possible manic serial killer. We follow him keeping up appearances with his fellow locals to him hunting in the vast lands of Northern America.

Scott Walker does an amazing job of contrasting the beauty of the Alaskan landscape and the beastly and grizzly storyline of horrific acts and although the film is well over 90 minutes long it never feels a chore to keep up with.

Sharing the screen with Cage, Cusack and Hudgens is a cast including Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Kevin Dunne (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) and a wig wearing 50 Cent (Dead Man Running) among many other familiar faces.

Basically, if you’re a fan of Nicolas Cage then you’re going to be a fan of The Frozen Ground.

I wont give any more details here (We have a no spoiler policy after all) but after you have finished this film, you will feel compelled to read more info on this story. (It’s based on actual events remember).

Check out ‘The Frozen Ground‘ now on Netflix.

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