Set in 1989 in a small town in Texas. The film opens with a middle of the night home invasion that results in
After the invasion, Richard enters a state of paranoia when Officer Price informs him that the dead suspect’s recently paroled father Ben Russell is back in town. And for reasons unknown, the police seem keen on dismissing Richard’s concerns and suspicions by repeatedly reminding Richard that it was self-defense, “case closed”. Though as suspected, Ben did not just come back to bury his son… Now I’d like to stop here, because while this does sound like a familiar tale that’s been fed to us more than once; what follows is an engorging dark plot that eventually erupts into a bloody showdown of unexpected heroism that pays homage to the likes of Taxi Driver and Death Wish.
While Cold In July is not a perfect film; it does have a few surprises up its sleeve, but thrives mostly due to its surprisingly dynamic performances from its lead trio (Hall, Shepard, and Johnson). The addition of Don Johnson puts the cherry on top of this bloody sundae. I should also note; it’s a bit slow paced at times, mainly at the half way mark. But overall, it’s an entertaining throwback thriller that deserves an audience.
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