Thriller Cold Comes The Night requires a healthy suspension of disbelief. Never boring, the film nevertheless fails to spark the imagination.
Raising her young daughter alone, Chloe is a struggling motel owner. When an incident occurs at the motel, Chloe taken hostage by a criminal determined to retrieve a package. Chloe and her daughter are put in a perilous position…
Directed and co-written by Tze Chun, Cold Comes The Night is best described as a crime thriller with noir overtones. The film relies on a sense of suspense to keep viewers engaged. This is unreliable, with some scenes not generating as much tension as they should. The setting certainly works well to create an atmosphere of isolation. Chloe’s existence is precarious; it clear to see why she is targeted.
Where the film comes undone is in its plotting. Whilst the initial crime and hostage taking is conceivable, later events are less credible. Although reason is provided earlier in the film, it seems a big jump for Chloe to take the decisions she does, especially when factoring in the safety of her daughter. Likewise, the choice her captor makes towards the end is dubious. Perhaps more character development would have made the circumstances more convincing.
Cold Comes The Night‘s denouement is implausible to say the least. The first half of the film functions adequately as a thriller, even with its minor issues (the placing and size of the package for example). The second half, particularly the climax, abandons any sense of credibility. It is a shame, as with the setting the film could have been a brooding thriller with an engaging but believable chain of events.
Bryan Cranston seems to enjoy hamming up his role, particularly with the questionable accent. In fairness, he is not given a lot to work with. Alice Eve is decent as Chloe, demonstrating her versatility.
Cold Comes The Night certainly is not the worst thriller of recent years. However, the film fails to capitalise on its strong points, wrapping up its narrative in a silly fashion.
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