Cold in July Reviews

  • May 30, 2019

    I actually agree 100% with the Critics consensus!!

    I actually agree 100% with the Critics consensus!!

  • May 27, 2019

    Like a made for TV thriller from the 80s (which hit my nostalgia buttons), but covering themes that would never have been talked back then. Ultimately though, a bit underwhelming.

    Like a made for TV thriller from the 80s (which hit my nostalgia buttons), but covering themes that would never have been talked back then. Ultimately though, a bit underwhelming.

  • Jan 25, 2019

    I think this film is actually a lot worse that it initially seems. Shepard and Johnson are so good in their respective roles that I kept thinking I was enjoying this film but actually I think they just portrayed two very good characters in a very pulpy, throwaway story. Some of the plotholes here and contrivances you have to swallow are ludicrous. I never watched 'Dexter' either but Michael C. Hall is acted off the screen here by his senior colleagues.

    I think this film is actually a lot worse that it initially seems. Shepard and Johnson are so good in their respective roles that I kept thinking I was enjoying this film but actually I think they just portrayed two very good characters in a very pulpy, throwaway story. Some of the plotholes here and contrivances you have to swallow are ludicrous. I never watched 'Dexter' either but Michael C. Hall is acted off the screen here by his senior colleagues.

  • Oct 20, 2018

    I liked the first half well enough, when it was actually a bit formulaic. Once DJ shows up it becomes this completely other thing. Has some redeeming qualities, just so uneven overall.

    I liked the first half well enough, when it was actually a bit formulaic. Once DJ shows up it becomes this completely other thing. Has some redeeming qualities, just so uneven overall.

  • Sep 09, 2018

    A modern Western set in the 1980's with a dark synth score and gun-toting cowboys out for justice? Yes please. My biggest issue with this film was the complete and jarring shift in tone and plot. What starts out as a suspenseful crime thriller quickly, and without much segue, becomes a violent tale of vigilante brutality. Don't get me wrong, I love anything where the good guys shoot the bad guys. Michael C. Hall did an excellent job portraying Dane but, I have to be honest, I didn't see the point of his character in the second half of the film. His presence was inconsequential, not to mention stretching the limits of believably. Dane's demeanor shifts from timid picture framer to cold-hearted cowboy quicker than the fastest gun in the West. I thought everything else was well done. The cinematography, the acting, the soundtrack were all top-notch. Overall, a very well made film that suffers a bit from a hurried or incomplete plot. But let's be honest, seeing those scumbags receive their comeuppance in hot lead was incredibly satisfying.

    A modern Western set in the 1980's with a dark synth score and gun-toting cowboys out for justice? Yes please. My biggest issue with this film was the complete and jarring shift in tone and plot. What starts out as a suspenseful crime thriller quickly, and without much segue, becomes a violent tale of vigilante brutality. Don't get me wrong, I love anything where the good guys shoot the bad guys. Michael C. Hall did an excellent job portraying Dane but, I have to be honest, I didn't see the point of his character in the second half of the film. His presence was inconsequential, not to mention stretching the limits of believably. Dane's demeanor shifts from timid picture framer to cold-hearted cowboy quicker than the fastest gun in the West. I thought everything else was well done. The cinematography, the acting, the soundtrack were all top-notch. Overall, a very well made film that suffers a bit from a hurried or incomplete plot. But let's be honest, seeing those scumbags receive their comeuppance in hot lead was incredibly satisfying.

  • Aug 13, 2018

    This is a nice IFC film. It has so many turns in the story I almost got dizzy. It starts out down one path then quickly shifts to another and the next thing you know the story is back in another direction. Great performance by the 3 main actors. Michael C Hall is really good in this. I'm very happy that I watched this film.

    This is a nice IFC film. It has so many turns in the story I almost got dizzy. It starts out down one path then quickly shifts to another and the next thing you know the story is back in another direction. Great performance by the 3 main actors. Michael C Hall is really good in this. I'm very happy that I watched this film.

  • Apr 18, 2018

    I saw this on a list of recent "neo-noirs" and checked it out, despite the DVD box looking (and advertising) like a 90s Tarantino rip-off. So, I went in cold, as it were, barely knowing who Michael C. Hall is (wondering half the time whether he had once been in The Breakfast Club). He plays a not particularly bright picture framer who kills a prowler in self-defence and then has to deal with the prowler's just-out-of-jail father (played menacingly by Sam Shepard). A good deal of tension is created just out of this situation, as Shepard stalks Hall and his family. But soon the police move in and the threat is removed...until Hall realises that all is not as it seems. Soon, he's partnering with Shepard and private eye/pig farmer Don Johnson to take the law into their own hands. Things get very dark, so much so that I would say that the film crosses the line into tawdry (sordid and unpleasant) and risks invoking some bad shit without enough heft to the plot to justify it. That is, the subsequent pay-off to the film and the exploration of the characters just seems to go flat at the end with no attempt to investigate their psychology or a more literary theme about fathers and sons that falls away just out of reach. It isn't a complete write-off: the tension remains high throughout and the inevitable ultra-violence is well-staged (for that sort of thing) plus the film takes place in the '80s with period detail to match (I gave a little shudder). But my recommendation is to give this a miss.

    I saw this on a list of recent "neo-noirs" and checked it out, despite the DVD box looking (and advertising) like a 90s Tarantino rip-off. So, I went in cold, as it were, barely knowing who Michael C. Hall is (wondering half the time whether he had once been in The Breakfast Club). He plays a not particularly bright picture framer who kills a prowler in self-defence and then has to deal with the prowler's just-out-of-jail father (played menacingly by Sam Shepard). A good deal of tension is created just out of this situation, as Shepard stalks Hall and his family. But soon the police move in and the threat is removed...until Hall realises that all is not as it seems. Soon, he's partnering with Shepard and private eye/pig farmer Don Johnson to take the law into their own hands. Things get very dark, so much so that I would say that the film crosses the line into tawdry (sordid and unpleasant) and risks invoking some bad shit without enough heft to the plot to justify it. That is, the subsequent pay-off to the film and the exploration of the characters just seems to go flat at the end with no attempt to investigate their psychology or a more literary theme about fathers and sons that falls away just out of reach. It isn't a complete write-off: the tension remains high throughout and the inevitable ultra-violence is well-staged (for that sort of thing) plus the film takes place in the '80s with period detail to match (I gave a little shudder). But my recommendation is to give this a miss.

  • Apr 14, 2018

    DIFFERENT, NOT REALLY SURE WHAT IT WANTS TO BE. TAKES ITSELF SERIOUS AT THE BEGINNING AND MOVES TO A BIT OF A COMEDY LATER

    DIFFERENT, NOT REALLY SURE WHAT IT WANTS TO BE. TAKES ITSELF SERIOUS AT THE BEGINNING AND MOVES TO A BIT OF A COMEDY LATER

  • Feb 27, 2018

    Gritty, grimy and packed with understated powerful performances by Hall, Shepard and Johnson. A captivating thriller.

    Gritty, grimy and packed with understated powerful performances by Hall, Shepard and Johnson. A captivating thriller.

  • Dec 02, 2017

    Somewhat entertaining but incoherent adventure that starts off being about a man's guilt about destroying a family, then a thriller about a killer on the loose, then a film about police corruption, then a film about violent porn, and finally a very superficial version of Oedipus.

    Somewhat entertaining but incoherent adventure that starts off being about a man's guilt about destroying a family, then a thriller about a killer on the loose, then a film about police corruption, then a film about violent porn, and finally a very superficial version of Oedipus.