Enzian Feature Film - Cold in July
June 20th - June 26th at Enzian Theater
While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane puts a bullet in the brain of a low-life burglar, Freddy Russell. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when Freddy’s ex-con father, Ben, rolls into town; hell-bent on revenge. However, not all is as it seems. Shortly after Dane kills the home intruder, his life begins to unravel into a dark underworld of corruption and violence. Twists and turns continue to pile up as the film reaches its inevitable destination: a gore-soaked dead end.
Michael C. Hall brings a shell-shocked vulnerability to his portrayal of Dane that contrasts perfectly with the grizzled “badasses” portrayed by Sam Shepard and Don Johnson. Directed with an excellent eye for the visual poetry of noir, this pulpy, southern-fried mystery is a throwback to an older breed of action films; one where every punch and shotgun blast opens up both physical and spiritual wounds. Cold in July is hard to shake as an east Texas summer.
USA | France, 2014, In English, 109 min, Rated R, Directed by Jim Mickle
What people are saying about Cold in July:
“Mickle’s bracing sense of style and cinematographer Ryan Samul’s moody visuals keep it gripping until the final bullet is fired.”
– David Rooney, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“As the movie’s resident live wire, Mr. Johnson, obviously having the time of his life, is a hoot, and the feisty camaraderie among these three men gives “Cold in July” a euphoric goofiness.”
– Stephen Holden, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“A nasty, if also tasty slice of hickory-smoked pulp noir.”
– James Verniere, THE BOSTON HERALD
“This striking new entry in pulp fiction stars Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard and Don Johnson in a tangled tale of crime and punishment that mines the Lone Star lore of guns and killing.”
– Betsy Sharkey, LOS ANGELES TIMES
“So entertaining…a gripper from start to finish because of Mickle’s lean style and because it’s impossible to know in the first five minutes where the movie will end up.”
– Noel Murray, TRIBUNE NEWSPAPERS