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Though this by-the-numbers true procedural seems basic, The Frozen Ground presents a welcome return for Nicolas Cage in a solid performance. Read critic reviews

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A teenage escapee (Vanessa Hudgens) provides a critical break in the case, as an Alaskan detective (Nicolas Cage) hunts a serial killer who has been preying on women for 13 years.

Cast & Crew

Nicolas Cage
Jack Holcombe
John Cusack
Robert Hansen
Vanessa Hudgens
Cindy Paulson
50 Cent
Pimp Clate Johnson
Radha Mitchell
Allie Halcombe
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe
Chelle Ringell
Ryan O'Nan
Gregg Baker
Dean Norris
Sgt. Lyle Haugsven
Scott Walker
Director
Scott Walker
Screenwriter
50 Cent
Producer
Brandt Andersen
Executive Producer
Martin Blencowe
Executive Producer
Barry Brooker
Executive Producer
Remington Chase
Executive Producer
Lorne Balfe
Original Music
Patrick Murguia
Cinematographer
Sarah Boyd
Film Editor
Paul Harb
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Clark Hunter
Production Design
Monique Champagne
Set Decoration
Lynn Falconer
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  • Jul 26, 2020
    Very poorly edited and features some of the worst examples of Vanessa Hudgens acting to date (if there are good examples, I haven't seen them, but in The Frozen Ground she is especially egregious. No spoilers but I wonder if the real case this was based on wrapped up in the same way/for the same reason that this movie did, because if so... Jesus. What a tit.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 02, 2019
    Not the best acting, but very suspenseful.
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  • Nov 26, 2014
    Shitty and really, really boring. I was watching this for its Nic Cage value, but he's neither over-the-top nor awful. He's actually pretty restrained here and does a decent job. It's the rest of the cast that's godawful. John Cusack delivers what is probably the worst performance of his career. He's so bad, and actually plays this role more like you'd expect from Nic Cage. Vanessa Hudgens is just as bad, and 50 Cent is even worse. So as bad as this movie is, none of this is Nicolas Cage's fault. I actually feel bad for him because he legitimately tried and did a pretty good acting job here.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 13, 2014
    I find that the best thrillers come from films that are based on real life events. Some of these stories are just so twisted and crazy, that even the best writer wouldn't be able to imagine them on their own. The story told in the film The Frozen Ground, is one such story, telling the world about serial killer, Robert Hansen. From the 1970s until 1983, Hansen was one of the nations most prolific serial killers. What makes Hansen's story unique is that he was able to do all this, without the police even connecting the cases, because of where he lived. Hansen's story begins in Anchorage Alaska, where he began preying on prostitutes. After torturing and killing them, he would dump the bodies in remote, unpopulated areas of Alaska, where they were ravaged by the weather and wild animals. This made finding the cause of death or even identifying the victims nearly impossible. Hansen would probably still be active today, if it wasn't for Cindy Paulson, the only victim in 12 years, to escape the madman, and that's where our film begins. Nicholas Cage stars as Jack Halcombe, a state police detective who comes up with a wild theory that all these missing people and strange deaths, could be connected. Halcombe has a tough time convincing anyone of this, especially since his only witness is a drug abusing prostitute. Nicolas Cage excels in movies like this and is again terrific. Cage was born to play a cop and in my opinion does it better than anyone else out there. In this film, he's paired with Zac Efron's ex, Vanessa Hudgens, who wasn't great, but was much better than I expected. It's difficult to make the transition from Disney cover girl to a legitimate movie star, but I'd say that Hudgens is well on her way. Finally, John Cusack rounds out this all-star cast, playing Robert Hansen. After all the films I've seen Cusack in, I really couldn't imagine him as the bad guy, but his performance is what really helps this movie stand out, and hopefully will lead him to other similar roles. The Frozen Ground is a little slow, but it is supposedly very accurate, and tells an interesting story that most people know nothing about. It's the kind of film that I really go for and hopefully you will too.
    Todd S Super Reviewer

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