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The Frozen Ground
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10.15.2013 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Scott Walker

Actors:
John Cusack
Nicolas Cage
Vanessa Hudgens

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
An Alaskan State Trooper (Cage) teams up with a young prostitute (Hudgens) to catch serial killer Robert Hansen (Cusack).
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
You may not have heard of Robert Hansen. There have been no songs written about him, no artwork of his sold and the news coverage has been forgotten. But if you were a young woman living around Anchorage, Alaska between 1971 and 1983, you didn’t want to meet him.

The Frozen Ground follows the final days of freedom for Hansen (John Cusack), who murdered no fewer than 17 women in a dozen years. On his case is state trooper Jack Halcombe (Nicholas Cage)—changed from Glenn Flothe—who seeks the aid of Cindy Paulson (Vanessa Hudgens), a prostitute who was raped by Hansen and escaped his “dungeon.”

Halcombe gathers evidence, builds the case and makes an attempt to bond with the young Cindy. This is a movie that cares more about going through the motions—Halcombe spends his days staring at bulletin boards and dead bodies; Hansen lives his quiet, unassuming life as a baker—than it is exploring the depths of these characters.

That many viewers will have never heard of Robert Hansen works both for and against the movie. The advantage is that we get a glimpse of an American serial killer that authorities couldn’t even bother to come up with a name for, while the disadvantage is that Hansen just isn’t a very standout killer or character. There’s nothing very distinct about him other than his access to an airplane.

The Frozen Ground is the feature debut of Scott Walker, who may have attracted some fine names but apparently has little interest in giving them anything fresh to say or do.

THE EXTRAS
Commentary with writer/director Scott Walker and producers Mark Ordesky and Jane Fleming: John Cusack and/or Nicolas Cage would have been nice additions, but this track still flows nicely and gives a steady amount of information regarding The Frozen Ground.

Examining The Frozen Ground (20:06): This featurette looks at the plot and production of The Frozen Ground, with interviews with Walker, John Cusack, Nicolas Cage, Glenn Flothe (the character that inspired Jack Halcombe), and more.

Writing The Frozen Ground (14:07) zeroes in Walker’s inspirations and approach to the story.

Extended Interviews: Interviews with Walker, Cage, Cusack, Flothe, Vanessa Hudgens, Kevin Dunn, and Ordesky and Fleming are housed separately

Deleted Scenes (8:30): There are seven brief scenes here, which can be viewed separately or as a whole. They are: “Cindy with Chelle,” “Hansen Gives Wife Necklace,” “Halcombe and Baker in Hansen House,” “Hansen Yells at Attorney,” “Halcombe and Cindy on Phone,” “Hansen’s Wife in Kitchen,” and “Halcome Drops Cindy Off.”

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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
The Frozen Ground looks at the final days of the hunt for Alaskan serial killer Robert Hansen. While the cast of John Cusack, Nicolas Cage and Vanessa Hudgens could likely attract an audience, the movie is far too by-the-books to recommend. Special features include a commentary, various interviews and deleted scenes.
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6:44AM on 10/17/2013
This is a decent movie, which ironically would best be viewed on the big screen given the visually arresting shots of the Alaskan landscape except that it had a very tiny release on the big screen, and has most certainly been seen more on-demand and now through the DVD format. For those that might want to learn more about the Hansen case or feel that the big screen treatment of a serial killer whose reign of terror spanned several years could only be superficially touched upon in an 1 hour and
This is a decent movie, which ironically would best be viewed on the big screen given the visually arresting shots of the Alaskan landscape except that it had a very tiny release on the big screen, and has most certainly been seen more on-demand and now through the DVD format. For those that might want to learn more about the Hansen case or feel that the big screen treatment of a serial killer whose reign of terror spanned several years could only be superficially touched upon in an 1 hour and 45 minute flick could do worse then read "Fair Game" [link] by Bernard DuClos that was recently republished.
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