The Frozen Ground
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THE FROZEN GROUND is inspired by the incredible true story that follows Alaskan State Trooper Jack Halcombe (Nicolas Cage) as he sets out to end the murderous rampage of Robert Hansen (John Cusack), a serial killer who has gone unnoticed for 13 years. As the bodies of street girls start to pile up in Anchorage, fear strikes a chord with the public. Risking his life, Halcombe goes on a personal manhunt to find the killer before the next body surfaces. When a seventeen year old escapee (Vanessa Hudgens) reveals key information about the case, Halcombe is finally on the trail of the killer. But… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A taut procedural with atmospheric location work that traces Cage's clock-racing efforts to find evidence against Cusack ..."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Although writer-director Scott Walker seems committed to not overly exploiting his lurid subject matter, the movie is just too dreary, disjointed and generically creepy to be persuasive."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"As written and directed by Scott Walker, THE FROZEN GROUND isn't great, but it's surprisingly effective, thanks to its no-frills approach and its care with the actors and characters."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"The Frozen Ground is trying its best to act as a genuine tribute to the victims of a horrible crime. Unfortunately it falls short... Though still functioning as a solid genre piece, the chasm between intention and execution is embarrassingly apparent."
‑ Richard Haridy, Quickflix
"The scenes where Cage grills Cusack are the best thing about this very average thriller."
‑ Paul Chambers, Movie Chambers
"The movie's only fresh element is the wintry setting, which shrouds everything in a mood of weary fatalism. Otherwise, it's the same old, same old, efficiently discharged and utterly disposable."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A vague and forgettable crime thriller that would have benefited from more character development or at least a grounding of the narrative in one central protagonist."
‑ Matthew Kassel, New York Observer
"It's all around safe and plain, simple and to the point, and all very, very by-the-numbers."
‑ Jack Giroux, Film School Rejects
"The Frozen Ground isn't innovative, but it is a well-paced and engaging thriller that has the added appeal of a truth-based narrative."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"Choppy and chilling, it's destined for a quick burial in the icy tundra."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
"The movie's late-night cable feel and skeevy salaciousness grinds everything to a snowy slush."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"The Frozen Ground hits the familiar notes."
‑ Rob Staeger, Village Voice
"The Frozen Ground covers familiar territory but benefits from authentically seamy scene setting amid the bars and strip-joints where the killer found his prey, and from solid performances by its leads, all of whom are acting against type."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"In a rote cat-and-mouse cop-and-serial-killer story, Vanessa Hudgens' 'victim' is far more compelling than either cop Nicolas Cage or killer John Cusack."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"A chilling thriller with first-rate performances by John Cusack, Nicolas Cage and Vanessa Hudgens."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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