The Frozen Ground (2013) - Crime, Drama, Thriller

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An Alaska State Trooper partners with a young woman who escaped the clutches of serial killer Robert Hansen to bring the murderer to justice. Based on actual events.

IMDB: 6.4
Director: Scott Walker
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Vanessa Hudgens
Length: 105 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 35 out of 188 found boring (18.61%)

One-line Reviews (145)

Riveting crime thriller .

He looks bored to death in this movie.

Really amazing movie I know I enjoyed it from the very beginning till the end!

The Frozen Ground is an okay police procedural based on a much more interesting and exciting true story.

)I recommend this movie to people who are into there intense serial killer dramas about true events that happened in Alaska in the 80's.

They force the additional story about the Prostitute turned stripper into your face and it just gets confusing and honestly downright silly at times.

after reading the description about this movie I was expecting something along the lines of Insomnia.

The script is extremely contrived, with Cage becoming the guardian angel of Hudgens.

The direction is okay except that once in a while, for no evident reason, the camera is made to wobble and focus on an unimportant image, or a pointless close up, as if this were a TV commercial for a brokerage firm.

Interesting story ground out in a dreary and pedestrian manner .

Seemed fake and contrived for dramatic effect and spoiled the believability of the movie.

Great fast-paced opening grabbed my attention right away, and a very intense ending.

It's an icy slow burner, almost like the moody 1970's procedural, with a laconic pace all its own that nicely sets it apart from other similar movies.


Terrible and cliché .

An engaging thriller, that keeps you engrossed.

For a suspenseful film, The Frozen Ground was absolutely terrifying.

Scott Parker as director has succeeded to pack this low-budget movie into something's still enjoyable to watch.

As far as the film goes, it's a very intense crime thriller that hooks you all the way through.

The story was therefore boring from almost beginning to end.

All in all, a fine, atmospheric film that is both thrilling and sad.

That said, performances were quite decent when dealing with such a heavy plot and a repetitive script.

The movie was predictable because it was the same movie that is repeated every once in a while.

The need for contrived suspense would explain why everyone from the Alaskan PD to the DA seemed bent on convincing the lead investigator that he had no case.

She expertly shows us Poulson's vulnerability, confusion, anger, distrust, and fear of her life.

I'm sure the true story is fascinating – I'd suggest Googling it rather than spending the time on this rather dreary film.

With an A-list cast with Nicolas Cage and John Cusack, "The Frozen Ground" is an innovative, well-paced and engaging thriller having the appeal of a truth-based narrative.

Not a single scene stood out to me as poignant (considering the topic), thrilling (searching a house repeatedly and for ages because of a "troopers intuition" is not enthralling) or memorable (everything was so mundane!

I watched it for the second time last night and I must say I enjoyed it more second time around.

Very Intense .

As he's boxed in by history, Walker's film is mostly dull.

Throughly Engaging Suspense/Serial Killer Thriller with Cusak in an Outstanding Performance .

Gripping saga .

Rather it looks very flat and confusing at times.

While this movie is good overall at times it seemed a bit disjointed.

On the acting front, the two big names of Hollywood - Nicolas Cage and John Cusack have done great work and made the movie worth watching.

This is functional but it's too bland for too long.

Unfortunately, 'Frozen Ground' feels repeatable from other serial killer movie that could bored fans of this kind of genre.

This film is a suspenseful thriller rather than an action film.

Either way this was a good movie but started off really slow and a little boring and I found it hard to get into through out.

The views of the Alaskan outback, which primarily entails the entire state, were stunning and almost inviting if it were not for the crime scenes sprayed throughout.

"The Frozen Ground" is a well done film, it is intense and thrilling throughout.

Boring as hell, terrible acting.

riveting .

More like INSOMNIA, less like NAKED FEAR .

I guess it might be worth watching if you know nothing about police procedure or investigations but if you do, don't waste your time unless you want a good laugh.

The lurid material is dealt with sensitively, even if it isn't too deep, and above all the strong central performances make this a riveting watch from beginning to end.

The real life snow filled & dreary Alaskan backdrop is dreary & depressing with the real ice cold atmosphere & look.

Both give solid performances, and the cat-and-mouse game that ensues will keep you on the edge of your seat.

He was incredibly intense in every scene and every time that Cage was playing a frustrated Halcombe, his face seemed to feel the frustrated words.

I mean, it's about a cop doing regular non-exciting cop stuff and a criminal doing even more mundane stuff and a victim being a hapless victim.

The Frozen Ground had a decent sized budget and an intriguing cast so it's strange that the whole affair feels so cheap and nasty.

'The Frozen Ground' is like a cross between Christopher Nolan's 'Insomnia' and 'Zodiac', being based on a true story back in the '70s and having a great amount of realism pumped into the film's dark and seedy aesthetic.

Based on a grim but fascinating true story, the film is riveting from start to finish.

We did not even get any nice scenery, just read, flashy and seedy nightclubs or a gray and dull outside.

Chilling and shocking but a bit slow.

Boring, boring, boring; that's what kept popping up in my head while viewing this movie.

The reasons for this are simple; the disturbed minds of actual maniacs are often far more engrossing than anything scriptwriters could come up with and these films are almost automatically suspenseful & dramatic because you know it involved the suffering of real victims and their families.

Nicholas Cage portrays the trooper Jack Halcombe, and though we know he can really act, Adaptation, Matchstick Men, World Trade Center, and Joe, here we have the usual Nicholas Cage being Nicholas Cage (though I have to say I am a fan of his work as his films are enjoyable).

Ho hum.

As far as real life serial killer movies go, this one about Alaskan killer Robert Hansen has a good cast and a fascinating story.

While pretty enjoyable in movies like "1408", "Max", etc., I generally found his acting to be shallow and insincere.

For this kinda story in Korea, they make breathtaking way with lots of violence and gore which sometimes looks very real.

Everyone knows that Nicolas Cage has had his share of bad and ho-hum movies.

Intense Drama!

An intense and thrilling film .

A movie doesn't have to be non-stop action for me to enjoy and there have been slower-paced films I've liked, but for me after about 45 minutes Frozen Ground just gets boring.

Mundane .

The real enemy, the thing that stops the hero to get his killer is not the brilliance of the bad guy, but the slow and imperfect system that ties the detective's hands even when he knows who the murderer is.

I was bored wish some great movie that thrill my adrenaline rush.

Nick sleepwalks through a very uninteresting film.

Considering what is being proposed usually as thriller, this is worth to be watched and it is entertaining.

A suspenseful serial killer drama with contrast .

John Cusack does a good job of bringing a cold-blooded performance to portray Robert Hansen, and Nicolas Cage is decent as a non-intense State trooper Jack Halcombe.

Until the end of the movie, you will love it, because it has a magic inside : the unexpected, the action , the drama and the pure quality of the story, makes one of the very best movies in 2013.

It's nothing new and all done before, but still reasonably entertaining.

Don't waste your time with this.

Her acting was so intense that there was moments when I needed turn away from the screen.

All these details are left out which could have made the movie more thrilling right at the beginning.

The Frozen Ground exists somewhere between an accurate crime procedural documentary and a thrilling Hollywood serial killer flick.

An authentic thrilling atmosphere, a solid cast and script, a true story based movie.

Also, near the end of the movie, when her character gets in danger again, her contrived predicament had me saying, "Oh, come on!

His short, but fascinating role in "The Paperboy" was more than enough to convince me he can play a deranged character.

This is a very intense and nerve racking atmosphere in no small part due to the cruel frozen Alaskan backdrop.

Contrived .

This was not what I expected, this was just boring.

This is a sleeper that is well worth watching.

Unfortunately, handheld shaky cam and really bad editing renders this unwatchable.

The Anchorage locations are perpetually overcast, but breathtaking and foreboding.

This is a well-paced and engaging film feature.

Dreary, not even workmanlike, STV material .

It's a dark story but worth watching

Overall, a very compelling and well-written film.

"The Frozen Ground" turned out to be an enjoyable movie which, albeit following a straight forward script, did offer some good moments.

First i thought a bored police movie.

Fresh and intense cat and mouse hunt .

It is a slower, more realistic story about an Alaskan state trooper, a 17-year old victim who survived, their relationship, and how a killer was caught along the way.

Boring film.

In the beginning of the film the serial killer is listed as a suspect but for 95% of the movie you got some cliché boring district attorney saying they need more evidence.

It keeps you on the edge of your seat from the offset, luring you in with each new part.

The movie manages to be compelling without going over the top with too much gory details.


Despite the weakness in screenplay and directing, the story of the killer is fascinating because it is so bizarre especially the hunting of his victims.

Short of remaking or adapting a compelling thriller, sometimes you can tap from the source of true life and generate a pretty decent, riveting yarn.

As a thriller, it relies too much on predictable contrivances.

It's quite a brave line to tread really, and although the end-result is a little slow and occasionally dull, it's still intriguing and tense enough to be worth the time.

The story is bleak, filmed in cold colors, and told in an intense way, with a stressed camera, often hand held.

The story was riveting and unravelled in well timed layers.

That in itself is admirable, it does, however, make for very dull viewing.

She captured the terror and confusion that all terribly abused woman must experience.

Overall it's a fairly gripping police procedural concerning the obtaining of enough physical evidence to secure prosecution and conviction of a man who has tortured, raped and executed over thirty women using a relatively consistent modus operandi.

Poor music score drones on constantly adding to the monotony.

As mentioned, after a slow start and formulaic plot elements, I thought the movie ended up as a rather engaging and absorbing flick.

While watching this movie I was constantly on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what was going to happen next.

Now unexpected was John Cusack.

The story line is gripping with some exciting twists and turns.

Despite being rather formulaic and predictable (as true crime can be), the film is bolstered by strong performances, beautiful photography and assured direction by first-time director Scott Walker.

The surface approach the writer director takes could only work if the film was intense and exploitative and it is neither.

This boring real-life killer should have been forgotten forever--NOT turned into a Nicolas Cage payday!

It has a lot of good moments and excellent thriller, it kept me filled with adrenaline all the time!

We have seen it too many times before, and I was bored to death after one hour and forty five minutes.

If you're bored, and need something to do, this is your movie.

(Christopher Nolan's 2002 Snoozer starring Al Pacino as the hotshot detective was, in fact, a remake itself of a 1997 Scandanavian film; Nolan seemingly proved for all time that crime stories based in Alaska are doomed to be b-o-r-i-n-g).

Well worth watching.

In all honesty, Cage and Cusack are about the best this film gets as it is a very slow going movie and it really does just drag on.

The storyline lacks a natural flow and thus feels disjointed.

An intense, formulaic sex crime drama.

I am rating "The Frozen Ground" a solid six out of ten stars, and it is a movie that is well worth watching if you need some fair entertainment for a single viewing.

Very intense .

It was just so predictable and matter of fact.

The icy locales always make for a decent cinematic backdrop, but I'm afraid I found the rest of the production largely uninteresting.

The subject matter is predictable and dragged out and you never feel the urgency or momentum of the situation, as you do in the true classics of the genre like ZODIAC or SEVEN.

It put me in mind of other slow-burn thrillers such as One Hour Photo and Insomnia.

Pretty boring for everyone except true Cage fans .

Fairly accurate (and hence sometimes dull) true-life serial killer story .

Very believable, fitting, intense, even "bone chilling" at times.


It is a little dull and dreary and you do just find yourself waiting for it to come to an end the way you suspect it will.

The conclusion is very abrupt and the extent of the crimes committed is barely examined, but I still enjoyed it very much.

This based on a true story Drama Thriller was one intense & gripping movie!!.

I'm reminded of Robin Williams performance in Insomnia.

Fortunately both shine in this cat and mouse game which proves that a good story and snappy acting easily trumps a big budget.

In fact, the movie was a bit slow sometimes, but nobody in the audience left the theater, 'cause it was real thrilling.


There are several scenes where Cage is "debriefed" with facts about the case and they are shotgunned out one after another sounding cold and quite frankly boring.