Scott Walker’s The Frozen Ground is scheduled to be release on August 23rd 2013. It stars John Cusack, Nicolas Cage and Vanessa Hudgens. This new film is based on Robert Hansen, a serial killer that triggered an Alaskan hunt in the 1980s. Robert Hansen stalked and murdered women between the age of 17 and 21. He would lead them out in the wilderness to hunt them. Check out an early review below:
“Early Movie Review for The Frozen Ground
Based on the shocking true tale of a serial killer who terrorised Alaska, The Frozen Ground is an admirable thriller bursting with tension and superb turns by its stars Vanessa Hudgens, Nicolas Cage and John Cusack.
Set in 1983, the grim tale concentrates on battered teenage prostitute Cindy (Hudgens), who tells police she escaped from the clutches of a local man intent on killing her. The testimony is largely derided, but state trooper Jack Halcombe (Cage) believes she could hold the key to solving the mystery behind the bodies of young ladies that have been found buried beneath the ice. But Jack’s attempts to question shady animal hunter Robert Hansen (Cusack) do not go to plan, nor do his efforts to keep Cindy off the dangerous streets.
The centre of the movie is Jack, who provides a beacon of consistency and morality from which to define everyone else. Jack’s idealism provides a fascinating juxtaposition with Cindy’s cynicism as their platonic relationship grows, while his moral imperative is the opposite of Robert’s unflinchingly sadistic – but equally driven – disposition. When the two men meet, it’s electric. Just don’t expect Cusack to ask his former Con Air co-star whether the bunny’s still in the box.
Nicolas Cage highlights his versatility as an actor with a superbly understated portrayal that’s far detached from his more histrionic performances, but still manages to be steeped in the subtle intensity required for the part. As for Cusack, he continues to impress playing against type – much like in The Paperboy – as a dead-eyed psychopath.
The plaudits are shared by Hudgens, who encapsulates the child-like wonder of Cindy (especially in one magical scene when she encounters a reindeer while trawling the streets for business) while bringing out her emotionally damaged nature and self-destructive compulsions. It’s often harrowing to watch, which speaks volumes not just for her performance but for the smartly written script.
The multi-layered ‘cat and mouse’ dynamics, featuring plenty of pursuits in the snow, are well orchestrated by director Scott Walker. One POV shot from the eyes of a rapidly dying young victim is particularly haunting. There’s also the added bonus of seeing Breaking Bad’s Hank – actor Dean Norris – back on his two feet as a law enforcer again in a supporting role.
Unlike the killer’s relentlessly accurate gunshots, The Frozen Ground does miss the mark on several occasions. Radha Mitchell is underused in a token role as John’s wife, which seems to be the recurring fate of this poor actress after experiencing a similar fate in Olympus Has Fallen. Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson fails to fully convince as Cindy’s pimp, appearing far too affable and lacking a sense of urgency despite his repugnant actions.”
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