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The Frozen Ground (2013)

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An Alaska State Trooper partners with a young woman who escaped the clutches of serial killer Robert Hansen to bring the murderer to justice. Based on actual events.

Director:

Scott Walker

Writer:

Scott Walker
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Sgt. Jack Halcombe
Vanessa Hudgens ... Cindy Paulson
John Cusack ... Robert Hansen
Dean Norris ... Sgt. Lyle Haugsven
Gia Mantegna ... Debbie Peters
Robert Forgit ... Sgt. Wayne Von Clasen
Brad William Henke ... Carl Galenski
Michael McGrady ... Vice Det. John Gentile
Katherine LaNasa ... Fran Hansen
Ryan O'Nan ... Officer Gregg Baker
Kevin Dunn ... Lt. Bob Jent
Connor Rockom Connor Rockom ... Hansen Son
Radha Mitchell ... Allie Halcombe
Matt Gerald ... Asst. Sgt. Ed Stauber
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe ... Chelle Ringell
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Storyline

Alaska Trooper Jack Holcombe believes Robert Hansen is a serial killer who abducts young girls, tortures and sexually assaults them, then kills them. But Holcombe doesn't have enough evidence to get a search warrant for Hansen's premises. Holcombe knows that one victim, Cyndy Paulsen, somehow survived, so he decides to seek her help, but he finds that she's now a junkie with trust issues. Holcombe has to earn her trust; meanwhile, Hansen is still hunting and killing girls. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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The hunt for Alaska's most prolific serial killer. See more »


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Rated R for violent content, sexuality/nudity, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

11 July 2013 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Frozen Ground See more »

Filming Locations:

Alaska, USA See more »

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Budget:

$27,220,000 (estimated)
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Hansen died August 21, 2014, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. He was 75. See more »

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When Sergeant Halcombe meets Mrs. Morehead in a café, a TripAdvisor sticker is on the entrance door. See more »

Quotes

Robert Hansen: You little cunt! You think you can threaten me with this little whore? I should have killed you when I had the chance!
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The end credits begin with pictures and information about Hansen's known victims See more »

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Featured in Projector: The Frozen Ground (2013) See more »

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Memory Finds You
Written by Nathan Picard
Performed by Nathan Picard and The Vacancy
Published by Two Tone Technicolor (ASCAP)
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Solid Crime Thriller
1 October 2013 | by Slasher_Lover23See all my reviews

Based on actual events, The Frozen Ground follows an Alaska State Trooper Jack Halcombe (Nicolas Cage), who is on the trail of trying to catch Robert Hansen (John Cusack), a serial killer known for murdering young women. When Cindy Paulson (Vanessa Hudgens), one of Hansen's captures, escapes Halcombe enlists her to try and help him convict Hansen. Together, the two must help bring down Hansen before more victims are claimed and before tries to come back after Cindy.

After having quite a few bombs in the past couple of years, Nicolas Cage finally manages deliver. Cage does an excellent job in the role of Jack Halcombe. As the case progresses, you can sense the determination to catch the killer, as well as his need to protect Cindy, through his performance. John Cusack also delivers in a role that's very different for him as the serial killer Robert Hansen. Every time Cusack is on screen, you can hardly believe this is him. He plays the role with a high amount of creepiness that's impressive considering it's such a different role for him. But most impressive is Vanessa Hudgens as Cindy. In the past, Hudgens has delivered performances ranging from weak to mediocre. In The Frozen Ground, she nails the role of the young girl trying to be strong, but is so terrified that this mad man will come after her again. By doing this, you really feel for her character. Fun Fact: The real Cindy Paulson actually contributed to the film by telling the events of the story. As far as the film goes, it's a very intense crime thriller that hooks you all the way through. While some parts of the film play off as if it was a Law & Order episode, it still keeps the viewer drawn in as the tension builds. The gloomy setting of the film also contributes to it. The Frozen Ground is the comeback that Nicolas Cage very much needed, and the opportunity for Hudgens to show what she really has to offer.

My rating: 8/10


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