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There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the new thriller based on the novel by Joe R Lansdale, [Cold in July](movie:1102141), and rightfully so.

Synopsis: When a protective father meets a murderous ex-con, both need to deviate from the path they are on as they soon find themselves entangled in a downwards spiral of lies and violence while having to confront their own inner psyche.

Cold In July was written by Nick Damici and directed by Jim Mickle. The film also boasts a pretty impressive cast. It stars Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Don Johnson (Miami Vice), Vinessa Shaw (Hocus Pocus), Sam Shepard (Black Hawk Down) and Wyatt Russell (22 Jump Street).

Michael C. Hall and Vinessa Shaw
Michael C. Hall and Vinessa Shaw

The story was well written and thought provoking, and the chemistry between the cast was electrifying. The film is pretty long, about an hour and 40 minutes, but it was not hard to maintain interest in it. A thriller with that long of a run time tends to become a bit stale and many times one note, but Cold In July had more plot twists than any other film of it's kind. I could not guess what was coming next, that gave the film an even bigger positive reaction from me. All though there where a lot of plot twists, there were absolutely no plot holes.

Michael C. Hall gave his best performance since [Dexter](series:200541). His character was one of depth, he was a protective father and husband with a dash of wit and comedy, all while looking pretty awesome with a gun. Don Johnson was a bit of a comedic relief to such a gritty, in your face film. He was tough, but always had a wise crack or joke to accompany whatever situation had arisen.

Don Johnson and Michael C. Hall
Don Johnson and Michael C. Hall

Cold In July is the grittiest, most thought provoking thriller to hit the screen in years. Even if you're not a big fan of crime drama, thrillers, I would have to highly recommend that you see this film. It gives the genre a whole new perspective and is a breath of fresh air to the fans of thrillers and crime dramas a like.



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