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Cold Comes the Night

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  Cold Comes the Night Review
Tookey's Rating
3 /10
Average Rating
4.60 /10
Alice Eve, Bryan Cranston, Logan Marshall-Green
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Directed by: Tze Chun
Written by: Tze Chun, Oz Perkins

Released: 2013
Genre: CRIME
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 90

Pointless thriller.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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This is a meaningless, pretentious title for a low-budget American thriller starring the obviously much too intelligent Alice Eve (pictured right) as a blue-collar American single mother who owns a brothel-motel and is conducting an affair with a married, neurotic, bent cop called Billy (Logan Marshall-Green) who treats her badly in the first half and turns into a full-blown, babbling hysteric in the second.

As if he wasn’t trouble enough, social services are threatening to remove her child, and a partially-sighted Polish gangster (Bryan Cranston, left) threatens her with a gun unless she helps him retrieve a large amount of money from Billy. It’s the blind leading the blonde.

Even though she’s miscast, Eve gives an honest performance, but the other characters neither interest nor convince. Cranston never gets out of first gear, saddled with an absurd accent that sounds as if he’s auditioning to be the lead in Despicable Me 3.

The film creates moderate tension early on but dissipates this with a series of melodramatic scenes that look like an out-of-control workshop in Method acting. Mr Marshall-Green’s outstandingly wacko performance, especially, might make even Al Pacino reach out a restraining hand and murmur “Steady on, old chap”.

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