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August 22, 2012

Two Nic Cage trailers in less than a week, good times roll!


Nicolas Cage Double Trailer Bonanza


Two Nicolas Cage Trailers were released within a week of each other: Stolen and Frozen Ground. Very rarely do the Movie Gods actively intervene in my life, but this proves their existence  (Editor’s Note: Frozen Ground Trailer has been taken down apparently due to the provocative nature of Vanessa Hudgens’ Stripper Routine, proving that the Gods have abandoned us, however I discovered a link on thehollywoodgossip.com)
In honor of Nic Cage bonanza, the Hollywood Defender presents a double trailer breakdown:
Break it down, DX style. 
Many have cited this movie as a direct rip-off of the daughter kidnap classic Taken, but here’s a brief rundown of kidnapping statistics according to missingkids.com:
  • Nearly 800,000 children younger than 18 are missing each year, or an average of 2,185 children reported missing each day.
  • More than 200,000 children were were abducted by family members.
  • More than 58,000 children were abducted by nonfamily members.
  • 115 children were the victims of “stereotypical” kidnapping. These crimes involve someone the child does not know or a slight acquaintance who holds the child overnight, transports the child 50 miles or more, kills the child, demands ransom, or intends to keep the child permanently.
So obviously, other daughters can be abducted besides just Liam Neeson’s daughter and if you are a famous bank robber, like Cage in Stolen, the chances are at least doubled. And Cage has to work for the bad guys to steal 10 million dollars to have his daughter returned, eventually he'll go Neeson, but until then it's different. And did Liam even bother to bring his daughter a light blue bear stuffed animal? No. (Great shout-out to Con-Air bunny).
“Heist Cage” is in prime form here. Heist Cage originated in Racing with the Moon (pool scam), but most notably in Raising Arizona. Here’s a list of the adventures of Heist Cage:
1.     Racing with the Moon(1984)
2.     The Cotton Club (84)
3.     Raising Arizona (87)
4.     Amos & Andrew (93)
5.     Red Rock West (93)
6.     Deadfall (93)
7.     Kiss of Death (95)
8.     Gone in 60 Seconds (00)
9.     Matchstick Men (03)
10. National Treasure (04)
11. National Treasure: Book of Secrets (07)
12. Bad Lieutenant (09)
Some of these involve more heist elements than others, but they all involve robbery and criminality. Needless to say, Heist Cage is great Cage. He’s played it well all his career.
Frozen Ground
"Serious Cage" is back as a cop hunting down crazy ass Cusack, who looks so possessed and detailed in his role that it reminds me of when I saw Phoenix in The Master trailer. Cusack appears deeply disturbed with a  hint of professional facebook stalker vibe. In addition, the family prayer at the dinner table throws a wrench into our expectations of the psychopath, he’s a family man. This is great, because I’m tired of the loners who live by themselves in a cabin, real freaks have families, I hope his wife is his accomplice or better yet, one of the kids.
 No one’s had a better track record in his movies of tracking down creepers while simultaneously playing creepers in movies than Cage. Check out 8MM, which contains agonizing moments of suspense that will have you sleeping with the lights on. Although, I’m hoping that Cage turns out to be the killer, murderous psychopath Cage has been missing in action since Kiss of Death. I like my Cage with extra eccentricism, he can go above and beyond in insanity that makes insanity almost sane. Vampire’s Kiss and Deadfall’sperformances will blow your mind if you haven’t seen them and show you why there’s no one like Cage.
Speaking of which, the last time Cage was a cop, we got the glorious cinematic achievement: The Wicker Man. Frozen Ground has the feel of a greater thriller, however what’s noticeably missing is a modified Nic Cage voice. Cage loves tweaking his voice for roles, not so in this one. Even his haircut looks particularly reasonable compared with recent outings, which translates to super Serious Cage. However, I think he’s trolling us.  My bet is he’ll have a few surprises for us, he’s too normal, too mortal, too human, and that’s why I’m suspicious of a surprise ending or a complete denigration into animal instincts while trying to trap Cusack. Even better, it’s based on a true story, which I’m choosing to interpret as Cage and Cusack were these characters in a previous life. 
The Hollywood Defender

This Article Represents the  8th  in the Nic Cage Chronicles:
The Links: 
1. In Disguise
2.Nic Cage, Where Are You?
3. Nic Cage Road Trip
4. Face-Off: Evil Travolta
5. Nic Cage, UC Berkeley Grad
6. Nic Cage's Acting Method: Noveau Shamanic
7.Nic Cage Fan of The Week: Acceptance Speech