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Cold Comes The Night - Review

Cold Comes The Night

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 3 out of 5

ALICE Eve gets a welcome leading role in Tze Chun’s indie crime thriller, Cold Comes The Night, and succeeds in laying down some pretty decent markers for her own future.

The film itself, though, flatters to deceive. It’s consistently intriguing but struggles to fully realise its early potential and makes some strange creative choices along the way.

Eve stars as Chloe, a struggling motel owner, who finds herself and her daughter taken hostage by a nearly blind career criminal, Topo (Bryan Cranston), to be his eyes as he attempts to retrieve his cash package from a crooked cop, Billy (Logan Marshall-Green), who just happens to be her boyfriend.

Chun’s film works best when focusing on the relationship between Eve’s increasingly desperate mother and Cranston’s equally troubled Topo, a man having to contend with faltering vision in a world where you need eyes in the back of your head.

There’s a distrust yet mutual respect between them that is nicely played by both stars.

Quite why Cranston is saddled with an eastern European accent, however, is one of a couple of mysteries, while Eve’s appearance could have done with being a little more down-trodden to heighten the authenticity.

But Chun’s screenplay, which adheres to a lot of American indie crime conventions, does manage to throw in a couple of decent surprises along the way and keeps you interested at least until the final third, where the contrivances begin to pile up and reality becomes strained.

That said, it’s a movie that remains steeped in the financial desperation of our times, which also provides Eve and Cranston with decent characters to sink their teeth into. For those reasons alone, Cold Comes The Night remains worth seeing.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 90mins
UK Release Date: September 20, 2013