The Frozen Ground


John Cusack and Nicolas Cage tread carefully

“I’m the wrong guy to be getting in the middle of this,” huffs Nicolas Cage’s archetypal cusp-of-retirement cop in this chilly thriller. “It’s my last two weeks.” 

That’s not the last time debut writer/director Scott Walker falls back on reliable crime-flick clichés; his moody real-lifer also dealing in prostitutes with golden hearts (Vanessa Hudgens)and killers with a penchant for stuffed animals. 

Cage is also having an off-day, chasing after John Cusack’s lady-killer with all the urgency of a sleepy warthog. 

Still, it’s handsomely lensed, and when Cage and Cusack finally go nose-to- nose, the fur does fly. 

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    • FBKTudor

      Jul 10th 2013, 9:27

      A bit of a Con Air reunion with both Nic Cage and John Cusack together again.

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    • mattburgess

      Jul 22nd 2013, 22:57


      Hugely generous on TotalFilm's part to give three stars. The film was ridiculously boring. The aforementioned prostitute character runs away from the good cops only to come desperately running back, about four or five times. John Cusack is criminally underused. The camera work is often needlessly shaky. A lot of characters have either no motivation or are just very stupidly written. Poor.

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    • matthewbrady

      Sep 11th 2013, 21:39


      Good thriller movie

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