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Cold Comes the Night

Cold Comes the Night

Language: Dutch

Author: sub

Updated: 5 years ago

Files: 2

Year: 2014
Run time: 90min
IMDB score: 6.2

Movie infomation

Movie name: Cold Comes the Night

Genders: Crime, Thriller, Drama

Imdb Score: 6.2

Runtime: 90min

Released: 10 Jan 2014

Director: Tze Chun

Writer: Tze Chun, Oz Perkins, Nick Simon

Actors: Alice Eve, Bryan Cranston, Logan Marshall-Green, Ursula Parker

Box Office: $11.6k

Company: Stage 6

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Ik wil niet naar school.

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Ik zei dat ik niet naar school wil.
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Je kunt niet de hele dag
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Review

A stylish, and tense, modern film-noir.

8/10 Montreal lies due north of New York. To the south of Montreal are the Adirondack Mountains. It was here, at Saranac Lake in December 1887, that Robert Louis Stevenson first conceived of 'The Master Of Ballantrae', and decided to use the location for a setting in his novel. South of there lies Albany the capital city of the state of New York, and south of there is Sullivan County, where, in Bethel, was staged the famous Woodstock Festival of 1969.

Halfway between New York and Montreal, up the Hudson River, between Sullivan County and Albany, are the Catskill Mountains and Greene County. This is the setting for this film, but the Greene County of this film is a million miles away from the government in Albany or the hippies of Woodstock. Rather, the Greene County setting, is as dark as that Saranac setting of R.L. Stevenson.

After the credits, the film starts pleasantly enough with a mother sending her kid off to school. There follows a few short scenes which show effectively and efficiently the drudgery of the woman in her work. She works in a motel, as manager, chamber-maid, and sole employee, and she and her daughter live there too.

One night two men decide to stay in her motel. They are men on a mission. Not a mission from god, but rather their mission is to transport Mr Alfred Hitchcock's McGuffin.

The overnight stay at the motel starts a chain of events that quickly spiral out of control. At the centre of these events is Bryan Cranston, who plays one of the coldest characters ever seen since Tom Cruise in 'Collateral' (2004). Cold, ruthless, and unemotional, the words "I am a friend of your mothers", are truly terrifying.

The mother herself, played by Alice Eve, also shows no emotion or expression. She too is cold. She is portrayed as passive and submissive. This reviewer, whilst puzzled by this, feels that this must be a deliberate film-making decision; to show these characteristics as a learnt defence mechanism, which the mother has adopted to help her deal with her past and present circumstances.

At the heart of this film is the McGuffin, and the battle of wits between the male and female lead. Both leads are mostly laconic, and if you are looking for a film-noir with more twists than a pretzel, then you will not be disappointed by this film that fulfils the conventions and expectations of the genre.

Good support is given by the rest of the cast. Special mention should go to Ursula Parker, playing the daughter, who gives a very natural performance. Praise too, for Logan Marshall-Green, who plays a cop, and gives a very animated, heated, and passionate performance, which is the complete opposite of that of the two (cold) leads.

Some clever filming enables the audience to experience things through the eyes of the protagonists.

Viewers should not expect to learn everything. Some questions, and some plot-threads are deliberately left unexplained or vague. It is clear that some things are understated and left to our imagination.

If you liked 'Hard Eight' (1996), 'Collateral' (2004), or the recent 'Dead Man Down' from earlier this year, then this dark, tense, film is for you. Warning: Contains blood. 8/10.

4 years ago

"Because good help is hard to find"

8/10 Nothing truly special or unusual: Just a really good crime drama that's a little too well-acted and realistic to be labeled a "thriller." COLD COMES the NIGHT is grimly riveting and constantly leaves you wondering what will happen next. Some layers, twists, and reversals, but it's still very easy to follow and, therefore, may be a little too episodic and simple for some tastes.

CCN has a minimalistic low-budget appeal to it. We don't know a whole lot about the various players in the smaller town Mid-Atlantic setting. Nevertheless, it shows us all we really need to know. Violent, disturbing, but without cheap schlocky gore. I kept thinking, "This is how real murders must look and, especially, sound." Alice Eve gives a plain yet memorable performance as Chloe, a tough but compassionate single mother who manages the sleazy motel where all the trouble starts. The other actors do likewise in their roles. The script and cinematography are similarly real. Nice ending. Good, fitting soundtrack too. Though it doesn't try for anything big, COLD COMES the NIGHT accomplishes all it sets out to do and is a very watchable little film.

4 years ago

Entertaining

7/10 Entertaining little movie. I can't come to any major complain in general. It was watchable and involving, had a very good pace and a convincing role of the lead criminal. Acting was fine. I also found the movie somehow natural and charming. I think that the director Tze Chun is a gifted filmmaker. My impression is that this movie wasn't made with some great budget, yet it is much more interesting than many blockbusters of the same genre, if you ask me. I also believe that Cold Comes the Night is a bit underrated on IMDb. So I can say I recommend this movie. My message to director would be - pretty nice work, keep on working!

4 years ago

Suspenseful, stylish, and inventive

9/10 Cold Comes the Night kept me tense and engaged all the way through. The characters were refreshingly multi-layered, the cinematography was fantastic, the soundtrack was well-matched (that song at the end was killer!), and Cranston, Eve, and Parker's performances were stellar, which is the result of excellent directing as well as acting.

I don't understand why certain viewers felt like the twists and turns were illogical--while there are a few extreme moments, I thought the characters' actions and reactions were consistent with what we knew about them. The less predictable behavior kept me interested in the two main characters, who had much more depth than the characters that usually star in this genre.

My only complaint is that I did not get to see this film on the big screen. I can't wait to see more of Chun's work!

4 years ago

It's Hard to find a good film, but this is one of them

8/10 For me this movie was very moving from the beginning. I personally have never seen Alice Eve in a movie where she wasn't playing the "hot" girl for lack of a better term. Even in Big Nothing (which if you haven't seen I highly recommend), she was in a way set as the "hot" girl. Same as ATM for any of you fellow watch to many movie folk like myself.

From the get go she played a persona unlike any other I have seen her do so I was a bit skeptic going in. Hardly any making, acting very depressed and withdrawn from life. Her being withdrawn I believe was completely intention because it set up the characteristics needed for the 2nd half of the film.

Bryan Cranston was absolutely amazing in his portrayal of Topo. I have not seen a simple hit-man have such depth since iceman. Chloe hits it right on the head when she says "What is a hit-man supposed to do when he is almost completely blind."

I followed the movie from beginning to end and the only slow spot that didn't quite jibe with me was the very last part of the film. Without giving away to much the ending I felt the fate of Topo was rather misplaced. A character that displayed so much finesse and ability, should have known someone that had a grudge for him in that town would be looking for him.

Fans of a good keep you guessing will love this movie and everyone else like it just as well. I suggest picking up and giving it a shot, so ENJOY!

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4 years ago