Cold in July
Director: Jim Mickle
Cast: Michael C. Hall. Sam Shephard, Don Johnson
Genre: Drama Thriller
Country of Origin: USA, France 2014 109 mins.
Released by ICON
'A noir-style moody revenge action thriller with fists, boots, guns and grim humour.'
Whilst investigating noises in his house one night in 1989, Richard Dane (Michael C. Hal) shoots and kills low-life burglar Freddy Russell. He's a hero to the locals, but Richard Dane finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when Freddy’s ex-con father, Ben (Sam Shepard), appears hell-bent on avenging his son's death. If only it was that simple. As both men dig into the past a world of seedy corruption emerges and they become the unlikeliest of allies helped along the way by Super Cool private eye Jim Bob Luke (Don Johnson) who moonlights as a pig farmer and drives a mean crimson coloured cadillac, the 'Red Bitch'.
Adapted from the novel by Joe R. Lansdale, 'Cold in July' is a Texan noir-style moody revenge action thriller with fists, boots, guns and grim humour. There's touches of Walter Hill, John Carpenter and the Sam Peckinpah style slow motion shots all backed by a hit on the button synthesiser score and underlit atmospheric cinematography. Sam Shepherd remains quietly enigmatic and Don Johnson offers an amusing turn as the colourful and sardonic private eye Jim Bob Luke. You've got to admit it, those boys have got it.
It sags a bit in the middle but otherwise 'Cold in July' is a great ride with a blood splattered Pulp Fiction revenge western style finish. A sit back and enjoy film.