“Cold Comes the Night” is a crime thriller noir with unexpected twists. Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) plays Topo, a thick-accented Polish career criminal who has been hired to transport a suitcase full of cash. After 22 hours on the road Topo’s exhausted driver Quincy (Robin Taylor) spots a hooker (Sarah Sokolovic) on a highway pitstop and convinces Topo to let him stop at a nearby motel for some “rest.”
Alice Eve ("Star Trek Into Darkness") plays Chloe, a hotel manager who is struggling to support her daughter Sophia (Ursula Parker). Social services has threatened to take Sophia in two weeks if Chloe doesn’t find them a more appropriate place to live than the sleazy motel filled with hookers and transients. Chloe has had to survive on her own since she was 15 and is in no mood to be messed with.
After a series of events Topo loses his driver and the money. He abducts Chloe to force her to help him retrieve missing money from a sleazy cop, Logan Marshall-Green ("As I Lay Dying" "Prometheus"). Chloe is forced into helping Topo because he is threatening to kill Chloe’s daughter Sophia.
“Cold Comes the Night” was written and directed by Tze Chun whose debut feature film, “Children of Invention,” premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, which was screened at over 50 film festivals and won 17 festival awards. This is his second feature film.
Okay, so it’s B-movie-ish but it’s got enough of the right stuff to work and has a satisfying ending.
"Cold Comes the Night" opens in New York City on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 in limited theater release. It will also be available On Demand on Jan. 10. Crime thriller with some gory violence. Rated R. 90 minutes.