5.7/10
8,570
40 user 44 critic

Cold Comes the Night (2013)

Trailer
1:30 | Trailer
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.

Director:

Tze Chun

Writers:

Tze Chun, Oz Perkins (as Osgood Perkins) | 1 more credit »
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alice Eve ... Chloe
Ursula Parker ... Sophia
Logan Marshall-Green ... Billy
Sarah Sokolovic ... Gwen
Ashlie Atkinson ... Social Worker
Robin Lord Taylor ... Quincy
Bryan Cranston ... Topo
Dylan Chalfy ... Police Officer
Eleni Lucas ... Cashier
Marceline Hugot ... Denise
Erin Cummings ... Amber
Leo Fitzpatrick ... Donnie From Cincinnati
Robert Prescott ... Detective
Stephen Sheffer ... Jacques
Chazz Menendez ... Thick Thug
Learn more

More Like This 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A man surprises his former mistress by claiming to have left his wife. However, before long, a dark history between the two comes into focus.

Director: Neil LaBute
Stars: Stanley Tucci, Alice Eve
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Love, science, sex, infidelity, disease and comedy, the wild, mostly true story of the irrepressible Annie Parker and the almost discovery of a cure for cancer.

Director: Steven Bernstein
Stars: Helen Hunt, Samantha Morton, Aaron Paul
Wakefield (2016)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Bryan Cranston gives the performance of a lifetime as Howard Wakefield, a lawyer on the edge of madness who has decided to disassociate himself from his own life.

Director: Robin Swicord
Stars: Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Garner, Victoria Bruno
Writer's Block I (2013)
Short | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A vexed screenwriter, an elusive woman and the thin line between fact and fiction.

Director: Brandon Polanco
Stars: Bryan Cranston, Lela Edgar, Spenser Granese
Removal (2010)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Gothic horror meets industrial-strength cleaning products in this spine-tingler about a pill-popping cleaning service employee and a sprawling mansion with secrets of its own.

Director: Nick Simon
Stars: Billy Burke, Mark Kelly, Oz Perkins
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A U.S. Customs official uncovers a money laundering scheme involving Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

Director: Brad Furman
Stars: Bryan Cranston, John Leguizamo, Diane Kruger
Return to Sender I (2015)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A nurse living in small town goes on a blind date with a man who is not the person he says he is.

Director: Fouad Mikati
Stars: Rosamund Pike, Shiloh Fernandez, Nick Nolte
Carjacked (2011)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A single mom and her child are carjacked by a bank robber.

Director: John Bonito
Stars: Maria Bello, Stephen Dorff, Connor Hill
Crime | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In Colombia, a young surfer meets the woman of his dreams - and then meets her uncle, Pablo Escobar.

Director: Andrea Di Stefano
Stars: Benicio Del Toro, Josh Hutcherson, Claudia Traisac
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A troubled young man retreats from the big city and his ex-wife for the tranquility of a small town. He is drawn into a relationship with a young woman whose boyfriend goes missing, leaving the new arrival as a suspect.

Director: Jamie Thraves
Stars: Paddy Considine, Julia Stiles, Karl Pruner
Leave (2011)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Henry Harper is a successful novelist who has it all. But after surviving a recent trauma he finds himself haunted by a dream that terrifies him. Convinced that the only way to understand ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Celestino
Stars: Rick Gomez, Frank John Hughes, Vinessa Shaw
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

After doing something charitable, Seth Rogen decides it's okay to become the worst person in the world.

Director: Van Robichaux
Stars: Matthew Bass, Vanessa Britting, Tad Brown
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Sometimes the fight of your life comes in the dead of night.

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

At 00:24:07, when in car with Topo and her mom, Chloe wants to play "I Spy". Looking at Bryan Cranston, she says "I spy with my little eye, something white". Can be writers' nod to Walter White, Cranston's famous character from Breaking Bad. See more »

Goofs

When Quincy gets in the car at the mini mart you can see exhaust coming out of the tale pipe he talks to Topo about going to a motel then he starts the engine. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sophia: I don't wanna go to school. I said I don't wanna go to school.
Chloe: Oh, is that what that was?
Sophia: Mom...
Chloe: You can't stay here with me all day, Sophia.
Sophia: You know how to do a lot of things. You are very smart. Smarter than me, definitely. Then why do I have to go to school?
See more »

Crazy Credits

'HHH Duck' is listed in the Stunts section of the credits as playing 'Mr. Jones the Turtle' (Sophia's pet - a painted turtle). 'HHH' stands for 'Horny Horny Horny'. See more »

Soundtracks

QU'APPELLE VALLEY SASKATCHEWAN
Written by Buffy Sainte-Marie
Performed by Holcombe Waller
Courtesy of Sugaroo!
Published by Gypsy Boy Music Inc. (ASCAP)
See more »

User Reviews

A stylish, and tense, modern film-noir.
25 September 2013 | by guchriscSee all my reviews

Montreal lies due north of New York. To the south of Montreal are the Adirondack Mountains. It was here, at Saranac Lake in December 1887, that Robert Louis Stevenson first conceived of 'The Master Of Ballantrae', and decided to use the location for a setting in his novel. South of there lies Albany the capital city of the state of New York, and south of there is Sullivan County, where, in Bethel, was staged the famous Woodstock Festival of 1969.

Halfway between New York and Montreal, up the Hudson River, between Sullivan County and Albany, are the Catskill Mountains and Greene County. This is the setting for this film, but the Greene County of this film is a million miles away from the government in Albany or the hippies of Woodstock. Rather, the Greene County setting, is as dark as that Saranac setting of R.L. Stevenson.

After the credits, the film starts pleasantly enough with a mother sending her kid off to school. There follows a few short scenes which show effectively and efficiently the drudgery of the woman in her work. She works in a motel, as manager, chamber-maid, and sole employee, and she and her daughter live there too.

One night two men decide to stay in her motel. They are men on a mission. Not a mission from god, but rather their mission is to transport Mr Alfred Hitchcock's McGuffin.

The overnight stay at the motel starts a chain of events that quickly spiral out of control. At the centre of these events is Bryan Cranston, who plays one of the coldest characters ever seen since Tom Cruise in 'Collateral' (2004). Cold, ruthless, and unemotional, the words "I am a friend of your mothers", are truly terrifying.

The mother herself, played by Alice Eve, also shows no emotion or expression. She too is cold. She is portrayed as passive and submissive. This reviewer, whilst puzzled by this, feels that this must be a deliberate film-making decision; to show these characteristics as a learnt defence mechanism, which the mother has adopted to help her deal with her past and present circumstances.

At the heart of this film is the McGuffin, and the battle of wits between the male and female lead. Both leads are mostly laconic, and if you are looking for a film-noir with more twists than a pretzel, then you will not be disappointed by this film that fulfils the conventions and expectations of the genre.

Good support is given by the rest of the cast. Special mention should go to Ursula Parker, playing the daughter, who gives a very natural performance. Praise too, for Logan Marshall-Green, who plays a cop, and gives a very animated, heated, and passionate performance, which is the complete opposite of that of the two (cold) leads.

Some clever filming enables the audience to experience things through the eyes of the protagonists.

Viewers should not expect to learn everything. Some questions, and some plot-threads are deliberately left unexplained or vague. It is clear that some things are understated and left to our imagination.

If you liked 'Hard Eight' (1996), 'Collateral' (2004), or the recent 'Dead Man Down' from earlier this year, then this dark, tense, film is for you. Warning: Contains blood. 8/10.


52 of 78 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 40 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cold Quarter See more »

Filming Locations:

Windham, New York, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,603, 12 January 2014

Gross USA:

$16,971

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,732
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.



Recently Viewed