Nic Cage And John Cusack Play It By The Books In The Frozen Ground Trailer

By Nick Venable 2013-06-10 10:02:13discussion comments
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Well, that John Cusack/Nicolas Cage/Vanessa Hudgens true events movie you were all waiting for now has a trailer via Yahoo! Movies, which Hudgens herself introduces. It would have been more effective if Cage had introduced it while yelling over a snowblower, but you take what you get.

For a movie based on a real-life serial killer, The Frozen Groundís trailer is amazingly bland and as colorless as the attractive snowy Alaskan backgrounds. Hudgens seems to be channeling her inner Brittany Murphy here, playing Cindy Paulson, a girl who escaped the clutches of killer Robert Hansen (Cusack), who murdered between 17 and 21 women between 1980 and 1983. Cage plays an Alaskan State Trooper who teams up with Cindy to track Hansen down to bring him to justice. The film also stars Radha Mitchell, Katherine LaNasa and Dean Norris, so the film probably canít be below average, but it doesnít look like itíll be a highlight on anyoneís resumes.

What I want from a latter-day Cusack and Cage film is to see somebody go apeshit, and Iím not getting that vibe here at all. Iím not even getting an ďAl Pacino in InsomniaĒ inkling; just formulaic film filler. Sadly, the film tries to ape Brad Pittís line in Se7en by having Cage gruffly whisper the awkwardly worded, ďHave you ever seen anybody do anything like this before?Ē Not well played.

All that said, Iíll probably watch it one day, as itís an interesting enough case. I just hope the next trailer does something more interesting than this did. For another design-by-numbers example, check out the filmís poster below. The Frozen Ground opens in theaters on August 23, 2013.

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