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The Frozen Ground [Blu-ray] (2013)

Nicolas Cage , John Cusack , Scott Walker  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,513 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, Vanessa Hudgens, Dean Norris, Kevin Dunn
  • Directors: Scott Walker
  • Writers: Scott Walker
  • Producers: Mark Ordesky, Jane Fleming, Randall Emmett, Curtis Jackson, Remington Chase
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: October 1, 2013
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,513 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DZP1BZ0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,014 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Frozen Ground is inspired by the incredible true story that follows Alaskan State Trooper Jack Halcombe (Nicolas Cage) as he sets out to end the murderous rampage of Robert Hansen (John Cusack), a serial killer who has gone unnoticed for 13 years. As the bodies of street girls start to pile up in Anchorage, fear strikes a chord with the public. Risking his life, Halcombe goes on a personal manhunt to find the killer before the next body surfaces. When a seventeen year old escapee (Vanessa Hudgens) reveals key information about the case, Halcombe is finally on the trail of the killer. But will he catch him in time to save the next victim?

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294 of 308 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and Real September 7, 2013
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I had hoped for just one thing: that this movie would NOT glorify the persons involved, the crimes committed, nor the place where they occurred. I wasn't disappointed, for it was not a "glorified" time in our city. Rather, it was a lengthy span of too many months, seasoned with fairly regular, albeit minimal, media blurps that yet another girl had "gone missing."
"The Frozen Ground" has captured the ambience of those sinister times when we learned to question who we knew and where and how they were spending their time away from the comforts of home and hearth. Amongst ourselves, we spoke in near whispers about common friends with quirky personalities, as we waited for the next "announcement" of a body found, or of a dancer who didn't show up for work.
For all of its horrors, this is a grim and quiet film -- the story of a quiet investigation of a quiet businessman with a terrifying secret life. Alaska's magnificent wilderness plays an honest role, too: cold, dark, menacing, where it's easy to disappear, where life is reduced to its lowest terms and survival will always reign supreme, where Hansen's prey didn't stand a chance.
And it's accurate. That really IS downtown Anchorage, and that IS the Knik River Bridge. It's the real Flattop Mountain in the foreground of the nighttime view of Anchorage. And, yes, that IS the Alaska State Trooper building. There really WAS a "Wild Cherry" nightclub (and a couple of dozen more, just like it), the dancers were topless (and usually bottomless), and those ARE real photos of Hansen's victims hanging on the Troopers wall.
More could have been told of Hansen's earlier life, but simply wasn't. John Cusack is positively superb in the role, and Nicholas Cage is brilliant as the committed and caring cop who insists that all of the puzzle pieces are in plain view from the start.
Five stars for this one, laced with a big dose Alaskan pride and prejudice.
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172 of 181 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars on the money September 15, 2013
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I lived in Alaska , I went to church with Bob and his wife Darla taught my kids in the Christian School , Bob was always a guest and speaker at our Father and Son dinners and would bring all his mounted heads and bear rugs and guns to display, Many of my friends hunted with him , I never did as I was always hunting with my boys when they went . The movie is so right to the detail and a really true telling of the story of Bob Hansen , as in the movie ---just to talk and visit with him you would never think, or even believe , he could have done all those terrible things . And the actors did a super job , Cages best .
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115 of 128 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Se7en this is not, but it is far more realistic. August 14, 2013
Closely based on the real serial killer Robert Hansen this is not an action film but a suspence thriller. Thought provoking it tells the stroy very well and down to small details. Cage is unusual in the role of Jack Halcombe (a character based on the case's detective Glenn Flothe) as a tired detective that starts to puzzle the pieces together in a much larger puzzle than he suspects at the start. Many of the victims (but not all) were prostitutes that no one missed or really cared for. In the rare occasion that they did escape who would take their word against a respectable family man. Cusack's preformance as Robert Hansen is very good. Not the evil in flesh like Hannibal Lecter, he is very evil in his own right and you get to see his real evil behind the front he presents to the world and even a glimpse of terror his wife is forced to live with.

So don't buy this expecting an Cage action flick or Seven. But rather a well told story of real crime.
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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Thriller August 29, 2013
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I enjoyed this movie mostly because I am from Alaska and is always neat to watch a movie about the history from my home state, Nicholas Cage did a great job in this movie and John Cusak was awesome - he scared me he played such a great creepy guy. This movie is a definite 'BUY'.
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46 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Actually a very good movie... August 31, 2013
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I can't believe that I might really allow Nicolas Cage to get a thumbs up?!?!?! What is wrong with me? I think he actually showed a different kind of depth to his acting and it is believable. I could actually relate to his character and his characters own personal demons that are propelling him along in the story. Is it an Oscar worthy performance?.... Hell no. But, it is compelling and I really have a different kind of perspective on Nic Cage and his acting chops. By the way.... Super creepy performance by John Cusack. Good movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The real deal... November 3, 2013
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Anchorage in summer is the place where tens of thousands of tourists arrive by air, road, or cruise ship to see mainland Alaska. Half an hour from Anchorage in any direction puts the visitor in the middle of the some of the most beautiful wild country left in North America. Anchorage itself is pretty enough in summer. In winter, however, the visitors leave, and Anchorage folds back in on itself, to hunker down and wait out the long cold dark. Once upon a time, it was a happy hunting ground for a serial killer...

"The Frozen Ground" is the dramatization of the investigation into serial killer Robert Hansen of Anchorage, still known as "butcher baker" among local law enforcement. Nicholas Cage plays stalwart Alaska State Trooper Jack Halcombe, who leads the investigation, assisted by Vanessa Hudgens as the young prostitute Cindy, one of Hansen's would-be victims who managed to escape. John Cusack is chilling as the seemingly unremarkable Hansen, a baker, husband and father with a vicious hobby. The movie includes a prolonged dive into the gritty underbelly of Anchorage, with its bars, prostitution, drug use, and violence, where a clever killer could hang out for years without even being noticed.

The viewer knows early the identity of the killer; the drama of the movie is in the struggle to find the evidence to arrest Hansen before he can kill again. At the end, Halcombe and his law enforcement partners will be pushed into a tough corner, racing the clock to get Hansen before he can get rid of the evidence and the principal witness. The movie benefits from its location shooting in and around Anchorage, including the Knik River, the Chugach Mountains, and the Matanuska Glacier. The dark and the cold help shape the atmospherics of a tense thriller, told almost in documentary style. It is a solid movie with a disturbing after-taste, although it might mean less to outsiders than to Alaskans who can appreciate how it all played out. Recommended.
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