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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.

Starring:
Nicolas Cage,Vanessa Hudgens
Runtime:
1 hour, 45 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller
Director Scott Walker
Starring Nicolas Cage, Vanessa Hudgens
Supporting actors John Cusack, Radha Mitchell, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, Ryan O'Nan, Dean Norris
Studio Koch Media
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Baz TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 July 2014
Format: DVD
I watched this recently on Netflix, based on an interest in real life dramas.

The film is covers the events of the serial killer Robert Hansen, who was actively murdering women in Alaska during the 70's and early 80's.

Cast wise very good Nicholas Cage plays Jack Halcombe the investigating police office, we have John Cusack as the killer "Bob" he fits into the role well and even looks quite close in appearance to the real Hansen. Vanessa Hudgens is Cindy Paulson the prostitute who survives an attack from "Bob" and helps Jack to track down the killer. Look out for a few other good supporting cast members including 50 Cent and Dean Norris (Hank- Breaking bad) as a police sergeant.

The story does a good job of unfolding events starting with the rescue of "Cindy" in the opening scenes. As time goes on more bodies are found and it's starting to become clear that the police are probably looking for a serial killer. Jack has to try to piece together events, but eventually manages to get Cindy to assist him, after her initial fear of getting involved. Much of the film explores the cat and mouse nature of the two men, some effective scenes with Cusack showing his dual life (a married man with kids) and his "basement" of terror where he assaults the women.

It's hard to find fault with the film in a lot of ways, everything seems good from the story, screenplay and cast are solid. The directing for me is decent, though had a hard hitter like Michael Mann been the directors chair I think overall polish and style of directing would be stronger.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Tando on 9 Oct. 2013
Format: DVD
Robert Hansen was a serial killer and when you start watching this movie they assume you already know this and so im not giving anything away because they let you know right from the off who the guilty guy is. But the intriguing and interesting thing about this movie is the length they have to go to to catch the guy. It is reminiscent of the excellent Brian Dennehy tv film "To catch a killer" concerning John Wayne Gacy, and in the same way this shows things mostly from the police's point of view. It is not gory or particularly gruesome, but it is highly charged with suspense as both police and Hansen hunt for the one victim who got away from him. That is the core part of the story and the truth is perhaps enhanced slightly to make it more compelling.What may seem strange is how long it takes cop Cage to go and take a look at the prime suspect, leaving Hansen to wander around freely when the surviving victim has already named him. But the reason for this is that his neighbour had given him an alibi and he was considered by the police to be a normal respectable citizen and so they cleared him and closed the case because the survivor was just a 'dumb hooker,'and to them not a credible witness. But as with the Yorkshire ripper case in the UK, if they had listened to the surviving 'dumb hooker' witness (in that case Marcella Claxton,) they would have got the best of all descriptions and would have nailed Sutcliffe much sooner and saved many lives. The scenario here is frustratingly similar, and no less compelling. Enter Cage's character who fortunately does believe the girl and in this movie Cage is excellent in a non-exuberant performance and so is Cusack who plays Hansen. Not as visually or psychologically disturbing as 'Seven,' or as detailed and in-depth as 'Zodiac,' this is still a very good movie,mostly because it is a true story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 May 2014
Format: DVD
Nicholas Cage has made some messy films, but 'The Frozen Ground' is an excellent film. What we see is the nitty gritty of a real investigation. After the downtown Alaska Police closed the files of several girls gone missing, Nicholas Cage's detective takes on the cases and discovers at least seven missing women which climbs to 17 and possibly 30.

Robert Hansen, played brilliantly by John Cusack, a mild mannered man who lived in Anchorage with his wife and children, is a serial killer. It takes many months, grueling hours and fighting the justice system for Cage's detective to bring him down. This is his story. Vanessa Hudgen plays a young 17 year old on her own, trying to make her way by selling her body for money. She had a very difficult childhood and ended up in Alaska. She was a victim of Robert Hansen, but she got away. The downtown Alaskan Police did not believe her because of her professional life. That is what these women were up against. The throw away women of our society. However, there were good policemen who wanted to serve their population, and this is also their story. The gritty night life is portrayed in all it's ugliness and the black and white film brings it to the fore.

Recommended. prisrob 05-26-14
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Call me Al TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Jun. 2015
Format: DVD
Both Nicolas Cage and John Cusack give admirably restrained performances as Alaskan state trooper Jack Halcombe and serial killer Robert Hansen in this Zodiac-style thriller. Giving an equally quality performance as 17 year-old teenage hooker Cindy Paulson is Vanessa Hudgens, who provides the vital break in the investigation. The pace of the narrative and screenplay hold the attention throughout (how could it be otherwise, given the subject matter?) and the cinematography effectively captures both the stunningly beautiful harsh landscape of Alaska and the seedy world of Anchorage strip joints and bars. Given that this story is based on true events and despite the identity of the murderer known from the start, the director has produced a film full of tension as the cunning and elusive Hansen attempts to escape justice. This is a commendable film of its genre told with raw sincerity and tinged with a world-weary sadness.
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