What happens when you combine elements of a dark graphic novel with a dash of a cynical Crime Drama? The answer to that riddle would be, Nobody Can Cool, a 2013 crime thriller written and directed by Dpyx starring Nick Principe (Laid To Rest), Catharine Annette (Silent But Deadly), Nikki Bohm (Affections (short film)) and David Atlas (The Investigator (video game)).
An uncomfortable evening among strangers turns ominous when a young couple on a weekend getaway inadvertently intrude on a criminal couple's hideout.
I have seen many crime dramas and crime thrillers, but none of them hold a candle to the intensity of Nobody Can Cool. Every element of this film is 100% unique, it is refreshing to finally see a film that is willing to push a few boundaries. I am not going to give you any of those specific details, you will just have to watch it to find out.
A terrible cast can make even the most incredible writing a failure, but that is not the case with the cast of this film. The writing is phenomenal and an equally as great cast only made it better. The intensity and ability to go from sweet to complete bad-ass of Nick Principe's character, Len, can only be comparable to that of De Niro in Taxi Driver. He is the perfect villain. You feel for him on minute and the next you are really hoping someone shoots him in the face. The entire cast complimented each other so well making this nightmarish scenario feel quite real. Catharine Annette's character, Susan, seems sweet at first, but she's hiding something too. Nothing is really what it seems.
Not only is the film intense, but it is also quite funny. Susan and Len share quite a few funny moments together. Not to mention, Len's choice of shirt holds its own level of comedic pleasure, a rather large man covered in tattoos in a floral printed Hawaiian shirt, if you don't at least giggle a little (especially if you think of him as Chromeskull), you have no soul.
Nobody Can Cool is without a doubt a brand new take on the classic hostage film. With a film set entirely in one location, especially an isolated cabin, can fall flat if there isn't the occasional plot twist, this film is full of them. Once you think you have it all figured out, you get slammed in a different direction. It is not so excessive that you completely get lost, but if you don't pay attention, you will be scratching your head for sure. There are absolutely no dull moments. The ending of the film is even more twisted and unpredictable than the volatile characters in it.
I would definitely recommend Nobody Can Cool to anyone looking for an out-of-the-box film. It appeals to fans of everything from dramas to the goriest of horror films.
Nobody Can Cool is available on DVD as well as digital download on Amazon and itunes.