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The Frozen Ground (2013)

Director:
Scott Walker
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Thriller
NORWEGIAN TITLE
The Frozen Ground
RUNNING TIME
105 minutes
Producer:
50 Cent
Randall Emmett
Geroge Furla
Mark Ordesky
Screenwriter:
Scott Walker


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Jack Halcombe Nicolas Cage
Robert Hansen John Cusack
Cindy Paulson Vanessa Hudgens
Pimp Clate Johnson 50 Cent
Allie Halcombe Radha Mitchell
Chelle Ringell Jodi Lyn O'Keefe
Sgt. Lyle Haugsven Dean Norris
Fran Hansen Katherine LaNasa
Lt. Bob Jent Kevin Dunn
Carl Galenski Brad William Henke

 

Review

Films about serial killers can be deeply fascinating and gruelling, or they can be like Scott Walker's The Frozen Ground: limp, unremarkable and desperately lacking in suspense. It would seem insensible for me to say that Robert Hansen's actions deserve a better handling than what they are given here, but there's little doubt that The Frozen Ground would have made for a more exhilarating watch, and a better film, had writer/director Scott Walker been able to free himself from the conventional Special Victims Unit build-up and workmanship. As it is, however, the film is far too long-winded and overexplanatory, and populated with characters we've seen far too many times before. The Alaskan geography should have made for a perfect, unforgiving backdrop, but is underutilized, and the film is also occasionally marred by sub-standard special effects. Nicolas Cage and John Cusack both phone in their stock performances. And when it comes to the perpetrator himself, it seems the filmmaker wanted to make him as impersonal and generic as possible, instead of actually getting under his skin and making him interesting.

Copyright 8.6.2014 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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