I don’t know what it is, but it seems like recently 3 out 4 films that I watch are based on a true story. Sometimes you just have to wonder how much is true, and how much is just “based.” Has Hollywood found a formula to attract more viewers, or is this just what the viewers crave? The Frozen Ground is the latest in the “based on a true story” genre.
Detective Jack Holcombe (Nicholas Cage) has a problem on his hands. The year is 1983 and Jack will be leaving Anchorage, Alaska, in two weeks to take a new job. Problem is, there is a serial killer that is raping and murdering prostitutes in a red light district and Jack is right in the middle of the investigation. This is not your average run of the mill serial killer though. It seems that the murderer’s M.O. is to rape and torture the victims and then release them into the wilderness so that he can hunt them down like an animal.
When a prostitute by the name of Cindy (Vanessa Hudgens) escapes captivity from a man she identifies as Robert Hansen (John Cusack), she goes to the police to tell her story. The police at first are incredulous: “How exactly does a prostitute get raped?” one officer jokes to another. But Holcombe feels there is some validity to the story despite Hansen’s reputation as an upstanding citizen in the community, who is married and has children. After a little digging into Hansen’s background, Holcombe finds a few shady episodes that convince him that Hansen is the perp.
The movie is pretty well acted by all involved and somehow Nicholas Cage did not get the urge to ride a motorcycle in this film (a shocking development).John Cusack shows his diversity once again by playing the reticent, nerd-like Hanson, and Vanessa Hudgens is believable as a 17 year-old runaway prostitute. This is decent rental. Get it at Redbox.
My Rating: 3 of 5 Human Trophies.