OK so it would be fair to think that we at Rebel Gaming were going to be just a little bit biased towards this movie, seeing as it has none other than James C. Burns (AKA Frank Woods Black ops) in the lead role. I had the pleasure of interviewing James a few days ago right here at Rebel Gaming (catch up). As good as James was in the COD games, it’s fair to say he didn’t disappoint in this movie role either.
COLDWATER takes place in a juvenile reform facility, you follow the tragic story of Brad Lunders (P.J. Boudousqué) who is sent to the reform facility on the back of an unfortunate series of events. The man in charge of the facility is none other than our main man James C. Burns who plays a retired marine Colonel Frank Reichert. Colonel Reichert likes things done in a very certain and specific way, his way. Life on the facility is harsh and brutal and the movie does an excellent job of getting that point across.
The movie begins as it means to go on, with the lead character being dragged out of his bed and home and off to the facility. It’s obviously from here that his parents have requested this action as all other methods of rehabilitation have already failed. Now it’s up to the Colonel to get him back on track. Upon arrival to the camp James C .Burns delivers his first great performance of the movie in a ‘welcome to hell’ speech designed to keep the new arrivals in order. Promises of a simple and easy time at the facility are given on the proviso that his rules are followed. This speech hits all the right marks and sets the tone for the movie to follow.
As the movie progresses more back story on Brad Lunders is given, giving a better idea on why he is where is his. His tragic tale unfolds and the performances given from P.J. Boudousqué are strong and consistent. At first you would be forgiven for thinking his acting ability is fairly wooden however, it becomes clear that his character is holding a lot of emotion back and doesn’t want to give anything away. Especially not to the Colonel.
To start with its clear that Brad doesn’t know if he is coming or going, struggling to adjust to life on the facility. Life becomes that much harder as other inmates start to crack under the pressure. The movie does a superb job of really pulling you into the lives of the boys in the camp, and to give you a taste of what they are going through. The film is gritty and real, very harsh from the start. The first half hour works to paint a picture of life on the facility. After that, the frankly superb story unfolds and glues you to your seat. Coldwater offers up numerous sub plots for you to get your teeth into as well as the main story line. The main story line gives plenty of twists and turns, as the Colonel’s true self is reveled more and more the whole animal of the movie changes shape and becomes that much more tense.
The brutality continues in the facility and increases as time goes on, among the inmates natural leaders form and this is where the shit really does hit the fan. Neither the Colonel or Lunder are particularly ‘good guys’, so you really don’t know who you should be routing for. However this all changes in the final act – performances delivered from both actors are fantastic and above all very real and true to the characters they are portraying.
It slowly becomes a you verses me affair and at no point do you have any real clue who is going to come out on top. As the story reaches its climax Coldwater becomes an all out action thriller. Be prepared to be shouting at the screen come the end, the tension builds right up and blows right in front of you.
I couldn’t miss a second of this movie, a real true to life gritty story about the life we live in and consequences of that life.
Coldwater is out in theaters in the U.S. on 8/15 and available on cable VOD and iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/coldwater/id894230471)