Jodi Lyn O'Keefe
Review: 'Frozen Ground' fails to break the surface
Review: 'Frozen Ground' fails to break the surface

"The Frozen Ground" is a grim, undistinguished procedural thriller based on the true case of serial killer Robert Hansen who, from 1971 to 1983, abducted, raped and murdered at least 17 young women in Alaska. Although writer-director Scott Walker seems committed to not overly exploiting his lurid subject matter, the movie is just too dreary, disjointed and generically creepy to be persuasive. The story, set in 1983, finds upright Alaska state trooper Jack Halcombe (Nicolas Cage), reportedly an amalgam of several real-life characters, struggling to bring Hansen (John Cusack) to justice amid the apathy of other local investigators. Hansen, meanwhile, is pursuing 18-year-old prostitute...