Periodically, expecting nothing, a film excels in dissipating ennui, gifting audiences a solid, interesting scenario; captivating one’s attention for its entirety; “Cold in July” is such a film. Superb acting inform a fascinating story of a burglary gone awry. Michael C. Hall of “Dexter” notoriety is “Richard Dane”, a laconic, ordinary guy: solid marriage, adorable son, picture framer who slays a burglar, and a mundane life is vivisected by a solitary act of preservation.
Director Jim Mickle’s taut, tense thriller, infused with twists, shocks, keeping viewers tingling in suspense until its stunning conclusion. Sam Shepard in a subtle, menacing performance as “Russell”; vengeful, grieving father of the slain burglar, he lends an element of mystery and pity as his illusions crumble and nightmares become reality. Don Johnson as detective “Jim Bob” is terrific, adding levity and zest as the flamboyant and glitzy third part of this disparate trio.
Richard is the focus and scintillating force in the film; as his life careens with the unexpected; unimagined strengths surge from an untapped, unknown moral compass. Hall is brilliant as a man shedding the recognizable, accepted; evolving into the person defining the remainder of his days. Would love to follow Richard Dane into the next chapter of his life.
THREE & 1/2 STARS!!!