Nicolas Cage has become something of a joke over the past several years with his overthe- top antics, but he proves with The Frozen Ground that he hasn't completely abandoned acting for clowning.
He gives a relatively subtle performance here as Jack Halcombe, a smart and committed policeman who sets out to catch heinous killer Robert Hansen (John Cusack).
Vanessa Hudgens stars as Cindy Paulson, a stripper who manages to escape Hansen's clutches.
Jack is the only one who believes her story, and her testimony becomes the cornerstone of his otherwise flimsy case against the psycho. There's some really nice chemistry between Cage and Hudgens.
She looks so naturally sweet and vulnerable that she would elicit protective feelings from pretty much any dude.
Cage picks up on this vibe of hers and really milks it. The concern in his eyes is touching.
The ruggedly beautiful Alaskan setting is ideal for a crime drama of this sort, lending an air of gloom and menace that you wouldn't get in more hospitable climes.
Cusack's portrayal of the murderer is refreshingly uncharismatic.
There are enough charming and lovable killers out there; it's nice to see a loathsome creep for a change.
The movie is based on a true story, which you probably shouldn't dwell on too much as it will make you despair for mankind.
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