It is becoming more and more common for films to come straight to the video market featuring A-list celebrities. Nicholas Cage is one of those actors that are usually over the top and known for playing parts all over the place and never sticking with one real genre making him one you either love or hate. John Cusack usually delivers a great performance, but has fallen victim of some bad projects as of late. Now they are teaming up again for the first time since Con Air for their latest film The Frozen Ground alongside Vanessa Hudgens and Breaking Bad’s Dean Norris but does it deliver the story elements to make this thriller work or will it be frozen solid?
The Frozen Ground follows an Alaskan trooper who is on the trail of a man he believes is a serial killer who tortures and sexually assaults young girls, but doesn’t have enough evidence to pin it on him. When he reaches out to one of his victims he finds that she is a junkie with trust issues making it near impossible to get her to cooperate and must earn her trust to get the truth and stop this crazed killer. This is a dark and gritty thriller that works to tell the story it sets out too, but sadly it is so slow paced at times it makes it hard to stick it out. Thankfully both Cage and Cusack give some good performances here and will keep you intrigued. For the first time in a while Cage is pretty toned down and you can see a glimpse of the actor that got him nominated for an Oscar. Cusack doesn’t get a ton of screen time until the second half of the film, but has gotten really good at playing creepy. The slow pacing works to help build the mystery, but the story doesn’t really leave any mystery to build towards with it pretty much telling you everything as it goes on. By the time the big reveal comes there is no big twist or anything just a confirmation that everything you were led to believe throughout the film was in fact true.
This film isn’t breaking any new ground for the thriller genre but works fairly well as a rental. It’s nice to see these two guys doing a film with a decent story and script it just really had nowhere to go. The most shocking aspect was that it was based on a true story and what this guy had done which if they had focused more on his grisly murders and created a Seven like film it would have knocked it out of the park. Either way it is a decent thriller and if you are a fan of any of those involved then you will most likely enjoy it.