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The Frozen Ground

  • Drama
  • 2013
  • Scott Walker (4)
  • 100 mins
  • 15

Summary

Thriller based on a true story, starring Nicolas Cage and Vanessa Hudgens. In Anchorage, Alaska, a young prostitute claims to have escaped the clutches of a killer, but the police refuse to believe her. However, State Trooper Jack Halcombe believes she may hold the key to a series of murders out in the woods.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

This moody fact-based thriller stars Nicolas Cage as an Alaskan state trooper on the trail of a serial killer and Vanessa Hudgens as a young prostitute who escaped his clutches. Her reluctance to give evidence means Cage has to convince his bosses he's after the right man, while protecting the girl from a murderer intent on finishing the job. Writer/director Scott Walker stays relatively faithful to the details of the 1983 case, while infusing the film with an atmosphere that evokes the Nordic noir genre. Cage's performance is solid but occasionally threatens to spill over into manic overacting, John Cusack is perfect as the "Is he or isn't he?" focus of the investigation, but the mature and nuanced Hudgens impresses most, moving ever further away from the undemanding teen roles of her early career.

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Credits

Cast

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Sgt Jack HalcombeNicolas Cage
Cindy PaulsonVanessa Anne Hudgens
Robert HansenJohn Cusack
Clate JohnsonCurtis "50 Cent" Jackson
Sgt Lyle HaugsvenDean Norris
Lt Bob JentKevin Dunn
Chelle RingellJodi Lyn O'Keefe
Fran HansenKatherine LaNasa
Allie HalcombeRadha Mitchell
Ed StauberMatt Gerald

Crew

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DirectorScott Walker (4)

Details

Theatrical distributor
Koch Media Entertainment
Released on
2013-07-19
Guidance
Swearing, drug abuse, nudity.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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