Contrary to popular belief, Alice Eve can actually do more than look good in her underwear for totally gratuitous reasons. The lady can act, or so I’ve heard, it’s just that she hasn’t been given much to work with in her last few cinematic outings. That may just change with Cold Comes the Night, the sophomore effort from writer/director Tze Chun – who WON ALL DA AWARDZ! (17 of them) at 2009’s Sundance Festival with his debut Children of Invention – where Ms Eve will be looking to go up against a sunglass-wearing evil Russian bastard in the form of Bryan Cranston.
Cold Comes The Night tells the story of a struggling motel owner (Eve) who, along with her daughter (Parker), is taken hostage by a career criminal (Cranston) as he attempts to retrieve his cash package from a crooked cop (Marshall-Green). Everyone gets in over their heads, and a series of double-crosses leaves a string of dead bodies in this pulse-pounding story about desperation and survival.
I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing Children of Invention, but by virtually all accounts, it is a brilliantly acted, immaculately directed snot en trane, hard hitting drama. Cold Comes the Night does not appear to be anything like that movie. Well except for the hard hitting part. And by that I mean that Bryan Cranston is probably going to hit somebody really hard.
Seriously, who would ever thought a few years ago, while watching episodes of Malcolm in the Middle that that guy, would become one of the most hardcore drug dealing, tighty whitey wearing anti-heroes on modern TV history? But that’s exactly what Cranston has done in the multiple award winning Breaking Bad, and now it looks like he’s stepped up his badassness even further here. Ok, maybe badassness is the wrong word, but evilassness just doesn’t quite roll off the tongue.
This does appear to have a very “been there, done that” feel to the story, but based on Chu’s past accolades and Cranston’s involvement, this is definitely one I’m keeping on the radar.
Cold Comes the Night doesn’t have a release date yet.
Last Updated: July 30, 2013