Starring: Alice Eve, Bryan Cranston, Logan Marshall-Green, Ursula Parker, Leo Fitzpatrick
Directed by: Tze Chun
Synopsis: 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.
Like a few films I’ve viewed recently, this carries a pretty low rating on IMDb, which seems a tad harsh because it wasn’t all that bad. Sure it had some flaws, but overall it maintained my interest for ninety minutes. It’s been described as a noir by some reviews, but I’m not sure I agree with that at all. It’s just a fairly routine but enjoyable crime movie.
Bryan Cranston plays a Russian hitman/criminal called Topo, who is going blind. He is persuaded by his colleague to stay at a motel for a night after a long drive. The motel is run by single mum Chloe (Alice Eve) who is just about scraping a living and looking after her young daughter Sophia. She has to fend off social services who are sniffing around the motel, pointing accusing fingers at Chloe for letting her daughter live in a place infested by drugs and prostitutes. The trouble is, she is seeing dodgy cop Billy (Logan Marshall-Green) on the side and has a nice little earner going with him to do with renting rooms to prostitutes (I think).
Topo’s pal gets angry with a prostitute one night, resulting in both of their deaths. This sets in motion a chain of events which leads to Topo kidnapping Chloe and her daughter so they can help him get the money back that just happened to be in his car that was towed away after the killing.
Cold Comes The Night is a fairly decent flick which will keep you interested for the most part. Alice Eve plays her role as the desperate mother really well, and goes from meek to in control alarmingly quickly and easily. Bryan Cranston is fine as Topo, but it leaves the usual question unanswered. Are there no Russian actors who could have played the role? Or could the character not just have been American? This would have saved Cranston from adopting the cliche Russian accent. Logan Marshall-Green chews the scenery in a massively over the top part as crooked cop Billy.
The ending is fairly formulaic but not wholly unsatisfying, and the film deserves a higher rating than the one it currently holds on IMDb for sure.