Movie Review COLD BLOOD

COLD BOOD (aka Cold Blood Legacy and La mémoire du sang) was written and directed by Frédéric Petitjean and stars Jean Reno, Sarah Lind, Joe Anderson, David Gyasi, François Guétary and Samantha Bond.

Cold Blood is the story of Henry (Jean Reno), a legendary hitman enjoying the isolation of his lakeside cabin deep within the vast wilderness of the Rocky Mountains. When the solitude of his well-earned retirement is shattered by the arrival of a young woman (Sarah Lind), the survivor of a dramatic snowmobile accident, Henry must decide whether to risk his own life to save hers.

This action-thriller follows Melody (Sarah Lind), a mysterious young woman who appears to be on the run from someone. She’s on a snowmobile out in the middle of nowhere and when she ends up crashing it she crawls her way towards an isolated cabin in the woods. This is when Henry (Jean Reno) enters the picture as he stands over her like like the seasoned professional he is. He’s checking out the area to make sure nobody else is following Melody before he tends to her.

Henry kind of goes against his better judgement and rules because he decides to help the young woman’s injuries so he takes her back to his small cabin and begins to nurse her back to health. The healing process for Melody is a slow-go and it’s obvious Henry doesn’t want her there. He lets her know that. The veteran hitman can also tell something is off about his new guest and as the two slowly get to know each other the truth finally comes out.

Cold Blood had the potential to be a really good action-thriller but it trips over itself with a few post-production hickups. Let’s just get this out of the way. The dubbing or ADR for certain characters is terrible in this French-Ukrainian production that tries so hard to be an American action-thriller. Hey, they even shipped in the right kind of cars for this one but it’s not enough. The audio and dialogue ended up being the only bad thing about this movie and thankfully the performances by the two leads and the amazing location bailed it out some.

Bottom line is, 70-year old Jean Reno delivers the same kind of hitman performance like he did in Leon: The Professional and La Femme Nikita with Sarah Lind doing a good job as his mysterious guest. The two interesting leads are the highlight of the movie along with this cold, isolated location where they are. There’s also the beautiful cinematography by Thierry Arbogast that’s really hard to ignore. There’s a few action scenes but this thriller is more of a character driven mystery. This directorial debut by Frédéric Petitjean is an extremely flawed watch through and through but the movie does have its intense moments here and there. There’s nothing original here but I still think Cold Blood is okay enough for a rental/one time watch. Cold Blood will be playing in select theaters and On Demand on July 5th.

Distributor: Screen Media

Run Time: 91 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Theater Listings

New York, NY Cinema Village
Los Angeles, CA Laemmle Monica
Atlanta AMC Conyers Crossing 16
Boston AMC Liberty Tree Mall 20
Cleveland AMC Solon 16
Dallas AMC Grapevine Mills 30
Denver AMC Highlands Ranch 24
Detroit AMC Forum 30
Ft Wayne AMC Fort Wayne 20
Houston AMC Gulf Pointe 30
Minneapolis AMC Apple Valley 15
Phoenix AMC Arizona Center 24

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