Brad Lunders is a teenager forcefully abducted from his home in the middle of the night by his mother's consent to a harsh wilderness reform facility. There is no contact with the outside world and the retired war colonel in charge prides himself on breaking an inmate's spirit in order to correct delinquent behavior. As we learn of the tragic events that led to Brad's arrival, unforeseen circumstances threaten to tear the already eroding reform facility apart, forcing Brad to confront not only his fellow inmates and the personnel in charge, but finally his own sense of what is right and what is wrong. (c) Official Site … More
Related News & Features
Critics Consensus: The Expendables 3 is a Dull Reunion
– Rotten Tomatoes
No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.Login
Critic Reviews for Coldwater
The film transcends its B-movie template with realistic performances and taut direction, yet never spares the thrills.
The best thing about it is its star, P.J. Boudousqué, who locates a sense of terror and betrayal that the script lacks.
A punishing, predictable drama that's almost rescued by strong acting and good intentions.
There's a compelling, perhaps important thriller to be made about dark doings at for-profit juvenile detention camps, but "Coldwater" misses the mark.
Grashaw effectively charts the unhealthy power dynamics, though he seems still to be finding his way at conceiving characters, directing actors, and establishing tone.
Grashaw has an affinity for the misdirected energies of these troubled teens and their despair in the face of their jailers' capricious punishments.
For a first time feature outing, "Coldwater" is a fine effort from Grashaw, and the setting feels fresh and new. It's an original take on a coming of age, young masculinity tale, but ultimately, it doesn't quite live up to all of its potential
It's a grim but engaging drama and a first feature from writer/director Vincent Grashaw.
Grashaw draws out fascinating, textured performances from his cast, notably James C. Burns as the retired marine in charge and Nicholas Bateman as a conflicted trustee.
The horrors in Coldwater continue unchecked for the majority of the movie. It's a very visceral experience, leaving the audience no room to hide from their own discomfort.
Teens trapped at the wilderness camp from hell act out in violent ways in a well-intentioned expose that steps on its message.
It does a lot right, but ultimately it offers little to distinguish itself from countless like-minded stories.
It's a promising topic for a drama, and Greshaw's talented leading man carries it until the filmmaker steals it from him and destroys everything built up in the first hour.
Strong lead performances and attractive cinematography are occasionally overwhelmed by a spotty script, but the end product is suspenseful and compelling enough and marks Boudousqué, Burns and Grashaw as talents to watch.
Audience Reviews for Coldwater
There are no featured audience reviews yet. Click the link below to see what others say about Coldwater!
Discuss Coldwater on our Movie forum!