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390. The Frozen Ground

Published January 19, 2014

Background info

Title: The Frozen Ground Director: Scott Walker Year: 2013 Run time: 1hr 45m

“Halcombe, Nicolas Cage, sets out to end the murderous rampage of Robert Hansen, John Cusack, a serial killer who has silently stalked the streets of Anchorage for more than 13 years. As the bodies of Anchorage women start to add up, Sgt. Halcombe goes on a personal manhunt to find the killer. When 17 year old Cindy Paulson, Vanessa Hudgens, escapes Hansen’s unspeakable violence, she believes the law will take him down. Instead, she finds herself, once again, fighting for her life. With her only ally, the unlikely Sgt. Halcombe, Paulson is determined to bring a serial killer to justice.”

Live blog

4:17 - “Some pizza guy” is a good alibi. 7:43 - Panda! Excellent choice of cuddly toy. 8:40 - They don’t think it’s a mass murderer, so it has to be a mass murderer. 12:10 - Who takes a dog on a photoshoot? 19:40 - It feels like someone has put a lot of thought into the smoking and cigarettes in this film. 26:38 - You’d think a serial killer would know to lock the front door. 47:08 - Roller rinks are not great places for serious conversations. Or maybe they are! 49:29 - Did he not think she was alive? Odd that he wouldn’t have gone after her, or was surprised to see her. 57:27 - Random moose. 1:01:37 - Of all the drugs to do, I don’t think I could do the nose thing. 1:03:28 - You can believe Nicolas Cage, I’m sure. 1:05:16 - There’s an awful lot of snow lying about. There should be a snowman on every corner. 1:06:37 - They’re not very subtle behind him. 1:09:34 - I don’t know nothin’, but profiling seems like such an inexact science! 1:14:59 - “She just seemed like a really neat person.” Says the stalker/murderer. 1:24:07 - Well the wife changed her tune for no apparent reason. Always fun when that happens. 1:28:03 - You can’t refuse the safe house and then be all “Help me!” 1:35:53 - Oops, that’s a confession right there.

Conclusions

This was an okay film, interesting, procedural with a few plot holes and unresolved questions. I think the main problem with it was the perpetrator was known from the outset, so there was no mystery, no real guesswork to be done. There were some moments of suspense and it had a bit of a thriller about it, but otherwise it wasn’t particularly stirring, although equally not boring. I thought Hudgens was really good, having officially bid her Disney days goodbye!

Rating: 3/5

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