Sunday, August 6, 2017

Cold in July (2014)

Director: Jim Mickle

Writers:  Nick Damici, Jim Mickle, Joe R. Lansdale

Composer: Jeff Grace

Starring: Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Vinessa Shaw, Nick Damici, Wyatt Russell, Don Johnson, Brogan Hall, Lanny Flaherty

More info: IDMb

Tagline: How many men can one bullet kill?

Plot: When a protective father meets a murderous ex-con, both need to deviate from the path they are on as they soon find themselves entangled in a downwards spiral of lies and violence while having to confront their own inner psyche.

My rating: 7.5

Will I watch it again?  Yes.

Even though DEXTER (2006-2013) has been off the air for a few years now, it's still a little tough to separate Hall from that roll when seeing him in anything else but it's getting easier and it didn't take long to accept him in the role.  I watched the shit out of that series and I've seen little else he's done and that only adds it.  He does a great job in this picture as does the rest of the cast.  One thing I REALLY liked about this film is how your perception of the characters changes.  You might go from liking one character to not liking them and then something happens to where you get more of the big picture and then they're likable again.  Jim Bob (Johnson) is a gas.  He brings the funny but not in a silly way.  He's a matter-of-fact dude who's really good at his job so he can afford to be straight forward and ballsy because he's earned it.  There is some great tension in the big shootout at the end and some of the bullets land with great weight.  It's a great crime flick that needs to be seen.  It's currently on Netflix.

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