Cold in July
When a protective father meets a murderous ex-con, both need to deviate from the path they are on as they soon find themselves entangled in a downwards spiral of lies and violence while having to confront their own inner psyche.
Plot Keywords: cemetery / intruder / southern-gothic / telephone-booth / frame-shop
Taglines: How many men can one bullet kill?
Certificate: Denmark:15 | Finland:K-16 | France:12 | Germany:18 | Hong Kong:IIB | Ireland:16 | Ireland:15 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:16 | Norway:15 | Singapore:NC16 | Singapore:M18 (Blu-ray) | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | United Kingdom:15 | United States:R
Cast: Vinessa Shaw , Michael C. Hall , Ken Holmes , Nick Damici , Brogan Hall , Rachel Zeiger-Haag , Lanny Flaherty , Kristin Griffith , Happy Anderson , Sam Shepard , Kris Eivers , Joseph Harrell , Joe Lanza , Soraya Butler , Wyatt Russell , Don Johnson , Tim Lajcik , Brianda Agramonte , Gregory Russell Cook , Bill Sage , Bitsy , Norman Aaronson , Lorenzo Beronilla , Joseph K. Bevilacqua , Ralph Cashen , Julie E. Davis , Heidi K. Eklund , Rosemary Howard , Zoe Hunter , Joseph Anthony Jerez , Emery Kalinov , Vivian Kalinov , Linda Kutrubes , Maximilian Amadeus Meisner , Sophie Elise Meissner , Steven Patrick O’Connor , Lily Autumn Page , Heidi Philipsen , Wayne Pyle , Willoughby Pyle , Laurent Rejto , Casey Roberts , Dannielle Rose , Bettina Skye , Dorothea Swiac , Robert Burke Warren
Company: BSM Studio
Country: United States , France
Released Date: 27 Jun 2014 (UK)
Film Location: Kingston, New York, USA
Runtime: 109 min
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Ajit Tiwari » A neo-noir directed by Jim Micklee based on a novel by Joe Lansdale, a dark, grim and gritty tale of retaliation and retributions. The ramifications of a murder, lead to the carnage and involved people can go at any length. This is not your usual thriller but a compelling mysterious story which keeps us at the edge of our seats.
Set in 1989 Texas, Richard Dane (Michael C. Hall) a common family man, one night defensively guns down an intruder. The police quickly identify the corpse as a wanted criminal and bury him. Richard still feels the remorse of killing a human being and goes to the cemetery where the dead man's father Ben Russell (Sam Shepard) threatens to kill Richard's young son. In order to save his family Richard takes police help however consequently he unfolds some secrets, now Richard and Ben will take the assistance of a brash private detective, Jim Bob (Dan Johnson), to crawl to the core of Richard's uncertainty.
The narrative is paced with lots of twists and turns to keep us engaged throughout the run time of 150 minutes. The minute details of 80's Texas are just impeccable. The screenplay will keep you on your toes as the tension builds subsequently. The overwhelming final shot portrays a brutal and stylized violent scene which is fresh and instinctual. However, some of the details are missing here as the some unexplained loose ends which are not tied and there should have been a better female cast.
The performances are brilliant, Hall is stellar as a protective family man and the transformation his character is immaculate. Shepard is remarkable as a distressed father, looking for his son. Johnson is a scene stealer having as much fun as anyone can within such confine.
Cold in July is a captivating experience with tense and unsettling tone. The independent cinema is at its best.
My Vite 7.5/10
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