Cold In July – EIFF Review

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Adapted for screen from John Lansdale’s novel of the same name, Cold In July retains its free-flowing pulp heritage, with violence and retribution galore. What sets Mickle’s latest apart, however, is just how he makes use of the pulp afforded moral relativism which so readily runs rampant through his filmography.

With this often reinvigorating thematic device, Mickle creates a much darker, yet much more believable world in which his unlikely vigilantes choose to exist. As a result, July‘s sporadic sense of pace, location and subject is made all the more arresting; simply refusing to dwell in any one place.

Jim Mickle’s substantial thriller doesn’t waste a second of its own time; everything has a purpose, and everything is reacted to. Cold In July works to rebuff formula misdirection, developing fresh trust and involvement within a genre so commonly prone to deception. 

RATING: 4/5

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INFORMATION

CAST: Michael C. HallSam ShepardDon Johnson 

DIRECTOR: Jim Mickle

WRITERS: Nick Damici, Jim Mickle (screenplay) Joe R. Lansdale (novel) 

SYNOPSIS: Upon killing a wanted thief during a home invasion, a protective father suspects others may come to avenge him.

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