Film Notes: Cold in July (2014) directed by Jim Mickle


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USA / 109 minutes / color / BSM Studio, Belladonna Production, in association with Backup Media, Paradise City Dir: Jim Mickle Pro: Linda Moran, Rene Bastian, Adam Folk, Marie Savare Scr: Jim Mickle, Nick Damici Story: based on Cold in July by Joe R. Lansdale Cine: Ryan Samul Mus: Jeff Grace Cast: Michael C. Hall (Richard Dane), Sam Shepard (Ben Russell), Vinessa Shaw (Ann Dane), Nick Damici (Ray Price), Wyatt Russell (Freddy), Don Johnson (Jim Bob Luke),Brogan Hall (Jordan Dane) Lanny Flaherty (Jack Crow), Release Date in Spain (theatres) 1 January, 2015.

About Cold in July (Source: IFC Films) How can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane puts a bullet in the brain of a low-life burglar, Freddy Russell. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when Freddy’s ex-con father, Ben, rolls into town; hell-bent on revenge. However, not all is as it seems. Shortly after Dane kills the home intruder, his life begins to unravel into a dark underworld of corruption and violence. Twists and turns continue to pile up as the film reaches its inevitable destination: a gore-soaked dead end.

Michael C. Hall brings a shell-shocked vulnerability to his portrayal of Dane that contrasts perfectly with the grizzled “badasses” portrayed by Sam Shepard and Don Johnson.  Directed with an excellent eye for the visual poetry of noir, this pulpy, southern-fried mystery is a throwback to an older breed of action films; one where every punch and shotgun blast opens up both physical and spiritual wounds. Cold in July is hard to shake as an east Texas summer.

Film critic Robert Edger wrote: ‘The essence of Lansdale’s slippery story is onscreen thanks in no small part to Hall, Shepard, and Johnson. But there’s so much wrong with the film’s tone and style that it’s impossible to enjoy what’s right.’ You can read his full review here. Begoña and I went to see this film a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately, the film did not lived up to my expectations, and I quite agree with Robert Edger’s view.

Read a more positive review at The Hollywood Reporter.

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Sinopsis (Source: Sensacine) Richard Dane (Michael. C Hall, Dexter) padre de familia, se despierta en mitad de la noche a causa de un extraño ruido. Coge su pistola, aquella que nunca pensaba que utilizaría, y tropieza cara a cara con un desconocido armado. El hombre dispara, instintivamente él devuelve el disparo acertando en su ojo derecho. Hay sangre por todas partes, el intruso está muerto. La policía reconoce la identidad del difunto, se trata del ex presidiario Fredy Russell (Wyatt Russell, Cowboys & Aliens). El problema es que Freddy tiene un padre, Russel (Sam Shepard, Agosto) al que no sólo le entristece la noticia de que su único hijo haya sido asesinado, sino que a partes iguales, también le enfurece.

El padre del fallecido consigue esquivar la seguridad policial y apuntar a Richard con una pistola. Antes de disparar este le muestra una foto de su hijo, lo que estremece a Richard, “ese no es el hombre al que disparé”. Devastados, ambos patriarcas, con la ayuda del investigar privado Jim Bob (Don Johnson, Django desencadenado), deciden unir sus fuerzas para desentrañar el engaño, buscando al hijo de Ben y tratando de descubrir quién es el hombre al que realmente disparó Richard.

El crítico de cine Robert Edger escribió: ‘La esencia de la resbaladiza historia de Lansdale está en la pantalla gracias en gran parte a Hall, Shepard, y Johnson. Pero hay tantas cosas mal con respecto al tono y al estilo de la película que resulta imposible disfrutar de lo que tiene de bueno.’ Puede leer su reseña completa aquí. Begoña y yo fuimos a ver esta película hace un par de semanas. Por desgracia, la película no estuvo a la altura de mis expectativas, y estoy bastante de acuerdo con la opinion de Robert Edger

3 thoughts on “Film Notes: Cold in July (2014) directed by Jim Mickle

    • There are mixed opinions regarding this film Margot. I deeply appreaciate your confidence on my view, but maybe you would like to read also other reviews.

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