2014, 109 minutes, color, U.S.A.
How can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane puts a bullet in the brain of 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.
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 film, one where every punch and shotgun blast opens up both physical and spiritual wounds. Twists and turns accelerate as the film reaches its inevitable destination: a gore-soaked dead end. Cold in July is as muggy, oppressive, and hard to shake as an east Texas summer.
Director: Jim Mickle
Screenwriters: Jim Mickle, Nick Damici
Producers: Linda Moran, René Bastian, Marie Savare de Laitre, Adam Folk
Executive Producers: Jean-Baptiste Babin, Emilie Georges, Manuel Chiche, David Atlan-Jackson, Joël Thibout
Cinematographer: Ryan Samul
Editors: John Paul Horstmann, Jim Mickle
Composer: Jeff Grace
Production Designer: Russell Barnes
Principal Cast: Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson, Sam Shepard, Vinessa Shaw, Nick Damici, Wyatt Russell