In a small quiet backwater American Town, Motel owner & struggling single mum Chloe (Eve) get's embroiled with a mysterious, half blind Polish bagman Topo (Cranston), when his driver's killed & left stranded. Taking her & her daughter hostage, they must help him recover his package from the local corrupt law enforcement.
Cold Comes The Night is a budget orientated noir crime thriller that's a pleasing find. The story is a little cliche & predictable but has enough surprises in it & solid acing performances to keep you engaged. The setting is reserved which helps you buy into this situation. While the action is raw & old school that it feels natural & not forced or over the top, which can be the downfall of budget films that try to do too much & look cheap doing it, so kudos for showing restraint & maintaining effectiveness.
Alice Eve (She's Out Of My League) is the main character & has the most fleshed out back story compared to her co-stars, although you can embellish on those yourself. She is very believable as the strong willed mother whose had to survive on the poverty line by turning a blind eye to criminal activities. Whose strength of character builds as the film goes on, makes her easy to root for. Bryan Cranston (Godzilla) as the half blind, red tinted glasses wearing, Topo, fascinates as always, albeit his Polish/Russian accent is a little distracting. Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus) as the shady local cop gives a passionate if somewhat overly manic performance.
In conclusion, Cold Comes The Night is a down to earth hostage thriller, arguably it lingers a little in places, but keeps you hanging on to the end. Contains strong language & graphic violence. Recommended.
Topo (Brian Cranston) a partially sighted Russian criminal takes a Hotel owner Chloe (Alice Eve) in a desperate attempt to recover illicit money from his car after it has been impounded by Police after a murder. An average thriller goes up a few notches thanks to it's excellent two leads, we know Cranston can play evil, jeez the guy's 'Breaking Bads' Walt! but he is ably supported by Alice Eve in a low key but powerful performance, though sadly she's all plain Jane in this flick sporting woolly jumpers, no 'Star Trek' "Hello Boys" moments here folks!
Some neat twists with some gritty violence, worth a look
Chloe (Alice Eve) runs a small motel off the beaten path in upstate New York near the Canadian border. She is a single mom trying to raise her daughter Sophia (Ursula Parker). The motel is frequented by drug users and prostitutes to the dismay of social services who have given her an ultimatum. She is friends with Billy (Logan Marshall-Green) a local cop who is also dirty.
Through a series of circumstances Chloe is forced to work with Topo (Bryan Cranston) , a near blind Russian transporter who is attempting to recover a lost package.
The movie builds slow to develop character which smartly evolves during the film. This is a crime/drama indie thriller that was done well, filmed on location. The opening scene during the credits created a cold wintry feel through sight and sound. Good quality work by writer.director Tze Chun. I would like to see what he could do with a real budget.
Worth a view for those who enjoy an indie thriller.
Considering Bryan Cranston is one of the main leads you would have thought he would have had more to do yet he mumbles his way through the film in a Russian accent, all the while hiding behind his shades. He deserved a role with a little more writing behind it then this one dimensional character. Alice Eve's character is the central focus and she plays the role well and there are some genuinely tense scenes but the film is let down overall by bad acting from the secondary actors and poor writing for Walter White!
The most clunky awful "thriller" I've watched in a long time. Hackneyed plot, terrible script, Bryan Cranston should be ashamed of himself (or I suppose the Director) at the most hammy Russian accent you could possibly imagine. Not one redeeming feature to this film. Not one!