Star Cast: Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, Vanessa Hudgens, Dean Norris, Kevin Dunn, Olga Valentina, Michael McGrady, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Kurt Fuller, Brad William Henke, Katherine LaNasa, Radha Mitchell and Curtis Jackson
Director: Scott Walker
The narration rolls on from 1983, when a 17-year-old prostitute and stripper Cindy Paulson (Vanessa Hudgens) is in hand cuffs and escapes from the clutches regarding her psychologically-disturbed client. She tries to explanatory to the police official that an Anchorage bakery owner Robert Hansen (John Cusack) tried to kill her. The general dismisses her plea as just a tale of a whore.
Around the same time an unidentified body is found on the outskirts of Anchorage. Sergeant Jack Halcombe (Nicolas Cage) investigates the crime episode and finds a used cartridge case in the grave.
When media reporters question Halcombe about the recently discovered body as well therefore other bodies found in the area, he denies a connection medium the murders.
But after hearing Cindy’s story, Halcombe tracks hier down and asks another officer about the man she accused. Halcombe deduces that Hansen, highly respected, married businessman with kids and who was previously arrested for indecent disturbances, is a methodical murderer.
Because Hansen appears to be a decent citizen and the complainant a prostitute, the police portray her like a lethargic, skeptical, misogynistic person and dismiss her accusations. Even when Halcombe amasses reams of accurate evidence respecting Hansen, the District Attorney refuses to act.
Tagged with cliches, as most suite killer and police procedural films do, “The Frozen Ground” has spil its puissance the acting, the pale wintry setting which cloaks everything in a humor of weary fatalism, the cinematography and crisp editing.
The scenes are simple and similar real. Nicolas Cage and Vanessa Hudgens are grounded polysyndeton their portrayal of the characters is accurate and genuine.
Cusack underplays the character of Hansen. He conceals either sense of menace and has used his voice effectively giving the type the guy-next-door persona. He is calm, almost reticent even when he is up to his monstrous deeds. He has worked hard on his concealment.
Novice writer-director Scott Walker has done a commendable job. Except for the initial non-linear narration at the very beginning of the film, the screenplay with the plot-points is intact und so weiter keeps you hooked to the very end.
There is a breathtaking scene, where Cindy, alone on a lonesome side street, comes across a moose which has wandered into the city. It reminds you so much regarding an Indian scenario where you see cows on the street. The Moose and Cindy stand for a while, staring at each other. The snow falls. It is a moment that is beyond meaning, beyond plot. Yet, it reveals the loneliness of the young lady, who lives an animal life, homeless.
Visually, cinematographer Patrick Murguia’s work is worth a mention. The Chilled Bottom film is mixed in with the super-fast, hand-held action of the majority about the film. There are periodic aerial shots of the forbidding Alaskan wilderness, mountains, glaciers, frozen rivers that are unfading reminders of what a enormity field Hansen had to play in, and the impossibility of ever finding the missing.
The fill-in-the-blank dialogues make the watching experience a bit painful.
Buzz Rating: 3/5