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Cold in July (2014)

Director:
Jim Mickle
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Crime/Thriller
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Cold in July
RUNNING TIME
110 minutes
Producer:
Linda Moran
Rene Bastian
Adam Folk
Marie Savare
Screenwriter:
Nick Damici
Jim Mickle


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Richard Dane Michael C. Hall
Ben Russell Sam Shephard
Jim Bob Luke Don Johnson
Ann Dane Vinessa Shaw
Ray Price Nick Damici
Freddy Russell Wyatt Russell
Jack Crow Lanny Flaherty

 

Review

Although Cold in July opens as a run-of-the-mill 1990s psycho killer thriller, and certainly plays on suspense at least as diligently as those films did, it soon becomes clear that there's more to writer/director Jim Mickle and writer/actor Nick Damici's story than what first meets the eye. The basic human emotions explored here are well-known in this genre it's all about fear, revenge and shame but the realization of the story has quite a bit of innovation and flair, and through Sam Shephard's wonderful character also a deep sadness. Granted, the introduction of Don Johnson's loudmouthed private detective reverts it all to more genre-familiar territory, but Mickle follows up and follows through with his main thematic dilemma in the film's rather powerful ending.

Copyright 5.7.2017 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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