105 Min. | Biography – Crime – History | July 2013
IMDB Rating: 6.4
Director: Scott Walker
Staring: Nicolas Cage, Vanessa Hudgens, John Cusack
The Frozen Ground Review: The Frozen Ground 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. In case a viewer of “The Frozen Ground” is left unsatisfied with the necessary compression of events, composite characters, etc. That are necessary to produce a movie of less than two hours in length, and want to learn more about the Hansen case that inspired the movie one could do worse then read “Fair Game” by Bernard DuClos that was recently republished. Movie will help the viewer of “The Frozen Ground” realize the liberties that were inevitably taken to make it suitable for the silver screen as well as understand elements of Hansen’s life and killing spree that the picture did not have time to delve into such as more of Hansen’s background and the back story of the whole oil pipeline boom that produced the mafia controlled prostitution/strip bar scene that Hudgen’s character is entangled in.
In 1993, in Anchorage, Alaska, the young prostitute Cindy Paulson (Vanessa Hudgens) is found cuffed in her apartment and she claims that she has been rapped and threatened by Robert “Bob” Hansen (John Cusack), a citizen married with children. The police officers do not believe on her words and Cindy returns to the streets and Bob is not accused. Meanwhile Sergeant Jack Halcombe (Nicolas Cage) is assigned to investigate the murder of seven young women and the detective that found Cindy secretly sends her case to him. Jack believes that Bob is the serial-killer but he has no evidences to arrest him. Jack tries to earn Cindy’s trust to send Bob to the court but she is afraid and tries to leave Alaska.
“The Frozen Ground’ is a great and effective old-fashioned thriller that is supported in performances and not in explosions, car chases or special effects. Based on true events, the plot succeeds in keeping the attention of the viewer, despite the killer’s identity be disclosed in the beginning. At “Frozen Ground”‘s end there is a credit Sequence which identifies numerous women who were or may have been victims of Robert Hanson. This sequence is the motivation and encouraging viewing “Frozen Ground” at least once. This sequence asks us to become involved in lives remote from ours. It’s a “one-trick pony,” but it is appropriate and well-used in “Frozen Ground”.