There are a few reasons to be excited about The Frozen Ground, Scott Walker’s unfocused and ultimately disappointing debut feature, and they are Nicolas Cage, John Cusack and 50 Cent.
The film, which takes place in and around Anchorage, Alaska, in 1983, makes some amusing casting choices. It stars Mr. Cage as a morally upright state trooper named Jack Halcombe. Just two weeks before he’s set to leave the police force for a job with an oil company, he gets hung up on catching a serial killer, Robert Hansen (a stolid Mr. Cusack), who for years has been raping and murdering young women and then burying their bodies in the wilderness. Mr. Cent is also here in a relatively minor role as a loser pimp named Clate Johnson, and Vanessa Hudgens plays a 17-year-old prostitute who manages to escape Hansen’s abduction early in the film; she’s the only person who can testify against him.
So there you have it: the basic plot and actors that make this movie enticing. But viewers looking for a gritty crime drama or—based on the potent combination of Mr. Cage and Mr. Cent—a kind of parody will not find either here. The Frozen Ground takes itself too seriously for that. Read More