6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Could and should have been much better.,
This review is from: The Frozen Ground [DVD] (DVD)
The film begins with some beautiful shots of the bitter and cold wilderness which was ultimately used by Robert Hansen to hide his victims. Based upon a true story (however it does skirt over a lot of detail ala hollywood) the film follows Jack Halcombe (Nic cage) as his investigation grows wider and wider based upon a story of a local prostitute and drug addict.
Of course Robert Hansen is highly regarded by his local community, so much so that the local police dismiss any claims against him immediately. Pity the film didn't really show much of this what so ever. One big problem is the portrayal of Hansen. Whilst not wanting to glorify the villan of the piece, little is shown of him. John Cusack as Hansen is either polite in the brief scenes of interaction with the community or pensive and anxious as he contemplates his next kill. But rarely does he do much else. Cage doesn't bust his chops either in the role thus the film spends a majority of its time with the young prostitute (Cindy, played by Vanessa Hudgens) who no-one believes.
Its unbelievable to think that the law completely disregarded the warning signs and incidents from Hansen's past, not a lot of light is cast upon why he is held in such high regard. Perhaps like Zodiac, the film does illustrate how he evaded justice for so long - mainly through poor police work and a lack of communication for the various departments involved.
Ultimately the film is carried by Hudgens as the person no-one wants to believe. Unfortunately it all feels a bit flat in the end whilst also failing to fully show the danger Hansen was to society in general.