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Friday, 18 April 2014 12:00

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The Buzz:

        The true(ish) story of the serial killer Robert Hansen. A young prostitute escapes the clutches of a man who murders young women, setting off a chain of events that eventually led to the killer's capture by the Alaskan State Troopers. Starring Nicholas Cage, John Cusack, and Vanessa Hudgens.    

Life of the Party:

        So, if you're anything like me, you probably saw those first two names and started to have some doubts. But I'm here to tell you to go ahead and dispel them; Cage and Cusack turn out a pretty good crime-thriller. The story is intriguing, even if I don't know just how “based on true events” the film is

 

Potential Hangovers:

        The first paragraph is not that short and...amateur (?) out of laziness. There's just not a lot to say about The Frozen Ground. Nothing is spectacular, heart-wrenching, or even different. It's just a run-of-the-mill crime-thriller.

        Also these kinds of films thrive primarily, in my opinion anyway, on suspense, and/or mystery. The Frozen Ground has a real lack of either. The “whodunit” is revealed almost right away, and the rest becomes more of a procedural drama on how they caught the guy, combined with the drama of the young woman's life who escaped the killer in the first place.

 

The Vibe: Casual Gathering, Solo Experience

        Don't get me wrong, The Frozen Ground is a good movie; it's very well put together, and there's always a crowd for real-crime thrillers. Just don't expect the moon out of it. Watch it with friends in a small-group movie night (so you can pay attention), or alone to kill sometime on an afternoon off.

 

Plus/Minus:

+ Good story, even if we don't know how “true” it is

+ Very well produced movie

+/- Not a bad/boring film, just not stellar

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