Cold Comes The Night


Cold Comes The Night

Critics Consensus

Despite strong performances from Bryan Cranston and Alice Eve, Cold Comes the Night is undone by a series of illogical plot twists.



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A dangerous criminal Bryan Cranston) takes a desperate hotel owner (Alice Eve) and her young daughter (Ursula Parker) hostage in a last-ditch effort to retrieve his missing cash from a corrupt cop in this edge-of-your-seat thriller from writer/director Tze Chun (Children of Invention). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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  • "Cold Comes the Night" provides Eve with an opportunity to showcase yet another side of her talent.

    Jan 10, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • A bland and preposterous thriller in which Alice Eve and Bryan Cranston play unlikely partners in crime.

    Jan 10, 2014 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A tense little thriller that provides juicy roles for its deft lead actors, Alice Eve and Bryan Cranston, as well as some well-played action and several neat twists.

    Jan 9, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Cold Comes the Night is a serviceable low-budget thriller with a pair of strong lead performances and intermittently suspenseful scenes.

    Jan 9, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Claudia Puig

    USA Today
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  • It's hard not to be impatient with a movie as openly lazy as "Cold Comes the Night," which is redeemed only by its performances.

    Jan 9, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Cranston, in a fake beard and dark glasses, seems to be enjoying his goofy act. Trouble is, this isn't the kind of movie in which goofy earns goodwill.

    Jan 9, 2014 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cold Comes The Night

  • Jun 01, 2014
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2014
    Surprisingly interesting and watchable crime thriller directed by Tze Chun, who co-wrote the script with Oz Perkins and Nick Simon. The film stars Alice Eve, Bryan Cranston, Logan Marshall-Green, Ursula Parker and Leo Fitzpatrick, and that wasn't bad casting. A story of Chloe, a motel owner and a single mother living with her daughter Sophia was somehow familiar but still kept my interest until the end! When Topo, half blind man arrives in her motel traveling cross country with his associate John, there is a trouble! John spots a prostitute, Gwen, and they spend few hours together... of course, they get into an argument and John shoots her, waking Chloe up. She goes to investigate to find Gwen and John dead. But, that is not the end of the story! This film is the second feature collaboration between director Tze Chun and producer Mynette Louie; their previous film Children of Invention premiered at Sundance in 2009. As I said, it was interesting and I even enjoyed some of the improbable screenplay solutions. Perfect for a cold nights with a big screen TV!
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Mar 22, 2014
    Certainly not as bad as I was expecting it to be given the reviews, but not nearly as good as its two leads are. These are A-list actors in a B-list film. But, they make it more watchable than it probably would've been otherwise. The problem is that the script is as lazy as it is predictable and this just feels like a midnight movie that you'd watch on your local channel. It's certainly not as laughable as some of those very cheap noir/thrillers, because at least this has some really talented leads. But this is just a step above that thankfully and, again, it's all thanks to Alice Eve and Bryan Cranston. Really, the only reason I even BOTHERED watching this movie is because of Bryan Cranston. If you know me personally, then you know that Breaking Bad is, quite possibly, my favorite drama series of all time and Bryan Cranston is a huge part of that love affair, so I was really intrigued because, outside of the Total Recall remake, which really wasted his talents, and Drive, which he was tremendous in, he hasn't appeared in a lot of movies. And this is his first post-Breaking Bad film, at least it was released in North America after BB ended its incredible run. So I was more curious about how he'd do here more than I was actually interested in the film. He does great here, but the role isn't particularly meaty. As it relates to complexity, which is what made his acting in BB so strong, the fact that the character had depth and how he slowly becomes the villain of the series and how your sympathies shift throughout the series onto another character. This film doesn't really give him that much to chew on and that much to develop, but he's still quite good here. And Alice Eve is always good, so the leads are definitely the only reason you should bother with this. The rest is cliched, poorly written, and not particularly interesting. Even then, I can't say that this is a solid rental because, even if the leads are good, nothing else is and it's a shame. I don't think this film ever had a chance to be great, but it could've been at least a good, solid rental. It definitely fails at that and don't be surprised to see this airing at midnight on your local TV channel within the next year or two.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Mar 14, 2014
    A single mother in seemingly dire straits, a mysterious stranger, a seedy hotel, and a lot of money. This is essentially the premise of Cold Comes The Night, an interesting, if not entirely successful, neo noir film. The film follows a desperate hotel owner, the resourceful Alice Eve, who finds herself in a ever-escalating series of precarious events. It's a film that has a number of successful elements, yet never fully delivers on its full potential. What's great about Cold Comes The Night has a lot to do with Alice Eve, who has a fantastic performance as a single mom. She feels believable, and is set in a very "lived-in" gritty, barren, and coldly realistic world. The family dynamics between her and her daughter are particularly strong. This part of the story offers an interesting premise, with Eve playing a strong and refreshingly pragmatic and cunning female lead. For his part, Bryan Cranston also has a fine performance, save for his accent, which never works for him. The problem with his character, and indeed all of the secondary characters, is that they are too thinly written. Besides Eve, no one on screen feels like they have time to breath, particularly true of Logan Marshall-Green's character, who feels adrift and out of place in the entire film. This is a symptom largely of unfocused and underdeveloped screenwriting. The film gets too caught up with its own cleverness, which becomes a bit cliché and all too familiar, that it forgets the real hinge of noir pieces, interesting characters that we care about. To be sure, Tze Chun does a generally good job creating an atmospheric tone, a noir-friendly word, and seems to appreciate the coldness with which such pieces should be directed. For this, the film is always watchable. Yet the narrative flaws and overly compact narrative, which unravels in the third act, keep it from being particularly memorable. 3/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer

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