The Frozen Ground Review **Spoilers**


This movie is based on a true story so it will all ways be up for debate how much is accurate but as a film it works and I enjoyed it, there are some draw backs though. It centres on an investigation led by Jack Halcombe played by Nicolas Cage into missing women sparked by Cindy Paulson (Vanessa Hudgens) as she claims to have been kidnapped and raped by Robert Hansen (John Cusack). At first nobody believes her except Jack Halcombe. Not only does he believe her but he thinks that the missing women and similar reports by other women who were taken (which were ignored by police) are linked. He goes after Robert Hansen with everything he has while also trying to protect Cindy who is a bit of a mess and running away scared a few times (too many in my opinion as I got she was scared the first time she ran). The good – the movie plays out like a thriller slowly at first then as Jack gets more evidence the story moves on quicker. Until the final 15 mins when it becomes a race againt time thriller while he tries to get a confession from Robert or enough evidence to convict him. This plays out very well and keeps you on the edge of your seat as we all know he his guilty we just need the law to see he is. The acting is incredible, Nicolas Cage is amazing I always find that he seems to not turn up acting wise in all his movies but when he does he blows me away. John Cusack is absolutely incredible as the twisted serial killer coming apart at the seems as the movie progresses, probably his best performance I have seen from him. And Vanessa Hudgens is ok, she just seemed like she was all over the place. All though that could be intentional considering the state of mind the character is in. The bad – I’m not sure why but it all seemed very grungy which I think detracts from the film, Also the director does a lot of close ups which are not neccersary espeicially when it just seems pervy. over all I enjoyed it but it could of been better. There is text accross the screen at the end that tells you what happened to the people involved. And pictures of the victims they know about to say it is dedicated to them which I think is a nice touch.

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