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Cold Comes the Night (15)

Crime, Drama, Thriller

A struggling motel owner and her daughter are taken hostage by a nearly blind career criminal to be his eyes as he attempts to retrieve his cash package from a crooked cop.

The critical consensus

Twists pile as high as corpses before an overcooked ending sends things spiraling into silliness.

***(*)(*)Neil Smith, Total Film, 14/09/2013

Seldom come the thrills in this dogged bag-of-loot B-movie, which chases its tail in scurrying circles around a downscale motel in upstate New York.

**(*)(*)(*)Xan Brooks, The Guardian, 19/09/2013

A so-so indie crime thriller with one trump card: Bryan Cranston, from Breaking Bad, is in it.

**(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 19/09/2013

Writer-director Tze Chun’s picture starts off as a mildly diverting tick box exercise in 90s neo-noir cliché (cultural backwater, mismatched criminal duo, stash of cash…) but as the silliness gets ramped up and performances collide the film becomes less interesting.

**(*)(*)(*)Chris Fyvie, The Skinny, 20/09/2013

There’s no sense of place and so, save for a fleeting moment of greatness midway through involving Billy and his strung-out wife (played by Sarah Sokolovic), the film’s two leads end up feeling like generic archetypes dropped into a generic world. At this stage in his career, Cranston surely deserves better from cinema than this.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 21/09/2013

Cold Comes the Night is a small movie (with a doubtless small audience) boosted by Eve's tough but understated performance.

Mark Kermode, The Observer, 22/09/2013

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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