Conclusion: Unless you knew that 'Cold Comes the Night' played on 22 arthouse screens in January 2014, you'd think that this was a direct-to-Blu-ray title. After watching it, I'm surprised that the Blu-ray didn't go directly to the discount bins. (At the moment, it's online price averages north of $20.) 'Cold Comes the Night' isn't awful, it's just generic and highly forgettable.
Excerpt: While Bryan Cranston might not be a household name, I suspect he’s now best known for his work on the highly praised TV show Breaking Bad. I’ve yet to watch a single episode, but it’s definitely on my “To watch list”. In Cold Comes The Night Cranston stars as a nearly blind criminal known as TOPO. He doesn’t talk much and wears red tinted sunglasses at all times. He has a driver who he’s traveling with to deliver money to their boss.
Conclusion: Cold Comes the Night will not be a film that many will come to remember as an overlooked gem, but it is a decently made thriller that is made a bit better by the presence of Bryan Cranston and a surprisingly strong performance by Alice Eve. The Blu-ray looks and sounds pretty good, but it lacks much in the way of extras. Worth a rental if you are into to checking out a neat little thriller.
Conclusion: Cold Comes the Night is a generic Thriller from top to bottom. The story lacks creativity and the direction is straightforward but the performances are fine within the screenplay's unimaginative boundaries. Even so, the solid lead cast cannot do much more than keep the movie afloat. It's a disappointing affair all around, not a terrible movie by any stretch of the imagination but definitely one of the most forgettable films of 2013.
Conclusion: Cold Comes The Night is a decent if imperfect film that benefits from an admittedly very interesting premise and some solid acting, particularly form Cranston. It's not a classic but it's worth seeing for those reasons and it's pretty slick with its visuals and its editing. The Blu-ray from Sony is surprisingly light on extras but it looks and sounds quite good.
Excerpt: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have released the thriller "Cold Comes the Night" onto DVD in the United Kingdom in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 (original aspect ratio is 1.85:1). The transfer is PAL, and looks great - no big surprise considering it's such a recent feature from one of the major studios.
Conclusion: The idea of a criminal going blind and a struggling single mom who's not as innocent as she seems should have been fraught with tension and drama, but Cold Comes the Night leaves the viewer, well, cold despite the presence of an awesome lead like Bryan Cranston.
Pros: Sympathetic heroine who's not exactly innocent., Always fun to watch Bryan Cranston, BUT ...
Cons: … his accent sounds like it's from Boris & Natasha., Pedestrian plotting and execution., Marshall-Green's loony dirty cop.
Excerpt: Cold Comes the Night 's opening sequence culminates with a slow tracking shot that moves from a handset hanging down from a telephone to a shattered glass door, through which we glimpse the limp hand of a lifeless body. The scene aims for restraint and suspense, but only manages to serve up several visual stereotypes in one aggravatingly obvious dramatic swoop.