The Frozen Ground is an upcoming serial killer drama/thriller that takes place in the 1980s and is loosely based on real events. Nicolas Cage headlines as Jack Halcombe – the character inspired by real-world detective Glenn Flothe – an Alaskan State Trooper, who begins a personal manhunt to track down a local serial killer – one who has been kidnapping and murdering young women for more than 13 years.

Vanessa Hudgens costars as Cindy Paulson, a 17-year old prostitute who escapes from the killer’s clutches and seeks protection from the authorities. Problem is, the guilty party – Robert Hansen (John Cusack) – is an upstanding citizen and has left no trace of material evidence that connects him to any wrongdoing. Can Halcombe prove that Hansen is guilty, before the psychopath finishes what he started with Cindy?

Frozen Ground is the feature-length debut for writer-director Scott Walker. The film’s supporting cast includes Radha Mitchell (Olympus Has Fallen), Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), 50 Cent (Escape Plan), and Kevin Dunn (Jobs).

Nicolas Cage in ‘The Frozen Ground’

A sales trailer for The Frozen Ground briefly leaked online last year, but the newly-released official theatrical preview offers a much more clean-cut outline and encapsulation of the film’s narrative. The film’s dreary and chilly color palette – courtesy of Walker and his cinematographer Patrick Murguia (Brooklyn’s Finest) – seems effective, as does the use of shadows and unpleasant lighting, to enhance the neo-Noir atmosphere and weightiness of the story proceedings.

Cage’s final line in the trailer – “Have you ever seen anybody do anything like this before?” – is, admittedly, kind of ripe for mocking, seeing how Frozen Ground mostly appears to be a standard – and not all that memorable – installment in the serial killer sub-genre (save for the aforementioned visual choices). To be fair, this could prove to be one of the better Cage vehicles to arrive in recent memory – but that’s not saying much, is it?

The Frozen Ground will open in U.S. theaters and become available on Video on Demand on August 23rd, 2013.

Source: Yahoo! Movies