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Cold In July 2014 ***

Jim Mickle’s follow-up to his apocalyptic vampire/road movie Stakeland is an authentically grubby thriller in two halves. The first is a home-invasion scenario, with Michael C Hall as Richard Dane, a family man whose life is turned upside down when he kills an ex-con who breaks into his house. This act sets him into conflict with the local police, and a second half in which he’s joined by Don Johnson and Sam Shepard for a men-on-a-mission drama about tracking down a seedy crime-ring. The two halves don’t quite gel, but both offer considerable entertainment, from the tight paranoia of the opening scenes to the buddy-buddy, all guns blazing finale.


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