Chloe (Alice Eve) is a single mum who lives in and runs a hotel. Struggling to make ends meet, she has set up a deal with Billy (Logan Marshall-Green), a local, crooked cop, to allow prostitutes to use her rooms. All seems to be going well, until one night things get out of hand and there is a murder. The murdered is a ganster who was working with an almost blind Russian gangster, Topo (Bryan Cranston), to get a big stash of money to the ‘boss’.
With his accomplice dead, and the cash stolen, Topo needs someone to be his eyes and help him get the cash back. Chloe seems like the perfect target – but will it be as straight forward as he thinks?
Thanks to Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston is hot property right now. Surely if he is in a movie, the quality would have to be just as good as this popular TV show – right? In the case of Cold Comes the Night, the answer is wrong.
While watching this film, the constant question going through my mind is “why did Bryan Cranston sign up for this role so soon after playing the meek chemistry teacher turned bad drug maker Walter White?
Cold Comes the Night does not have a great script, nor is it a meaty role for Cranston.
Anyone who watches Breaking Bad knows that Bryan Cranston is an amazing actor. He can go from good to bad in 0 to 30 seconds and not once do you question his ability. His portrayal of Topo is nothing like that – it feels like a bad Russian criminal charicature.
The only person I can understand sigining on the dotted line for this film is Alice Eve. This was a good vehicle for her to show off her acting prowess. For so long she has been thought of as just a pretty face but this role shows she is much more than that.
Cold Comes the Night has no real tension, no surprises and it doesn’t know when to end. It looked like the torture was going to end three other times before eventually deciding to put the audience out of their misery on the fourth opportunity.
I don’t know who would enjoy this film, there is not enough action to be an action movie, not enough thrills to be a thriller and not enough heart to make us actually care! Stay away from this and go back to TV where the best drama can be seen!
Cold goes the mind for having to sit through this!