So now that Breaking Bad is finished its run, Bryan Cranston is free to make his presence in film work more frequent. He was rumored for a big role as Lex Luthor in the Man of Steel sequel (which ended up only being a rumor) and he is the lead in the Godzilla reboot coming this summer, so he is definitely getting some new stuff up and running. Another new film of his that didn’t quite hit theatres is out now on Blu-ray and DVD and is a cool little thriller that Cranston fans should like called Cold Comes the Night.
Chloe (Alice Eve) and her daughter live in a motel that Chloe manages. Child services are threatening to take away her daughter as the motel is a hotspot for illicit activity and Chloe needs a way out. Topo (Cranston) is an almost blind Polish hitman staying in her hotel while on a journey to take some money to a powerful criminal. When an accident puts the car with the cash in the hands of the police, Chloe must help Topo find the money if she and her daughter are to survive the ordeal at all.
Cold Comes the Night doesn’t hold huge surprises or win any points for incredible originality, but with the talents of Cranston and Eve in the lead roles it is elevated beyond the typical direct to video thriller. Cranston is great as the sightless Topo, seeming like he has a heart in some scenes and displaying cold calculating violence in others. Eve also does a great job of seeming like an innocent pawn while trying to work every situation to her advantage at the same time. Director Tze Chun also infuses the film with a nice dark noir look as well.
The Blu-ray from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is pretty slick considering this is a lower budget picture. Nice detail and a cold but solid color palette make for a nice transfer overall. A cool little breeze of a thriller, Cold Comes the Night is definitely worth a look.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.