Cold Spring (Spoiler Alert) [Movie Review]

The Plot:

After losing her baby when she’s hit by a car, a couple decides to move to Cold Spring in hopes of a new start. WARNING: there are spoilers within this post.

The Players:
Roy: Sean Patrick Flanery (Powder, The Boondock Saints, Suicide Kings)
Sarah: Natasha Henstridge (Species)
Diane: Jennifer Gibson: (Maps to the Stars)

What Happened: Roy (Flanery) is a lawyer who is stepping out on his wife with Diane. While moving into a house with the help of Diane, Roy gets a phone call from his wife Diane (Henstridge). She tells him that she’s on her way home and would like for them to have lunch together. An ambulance in the background by Roy. But the ambulance also seems very close by which causes him to believe his wife is closer than he thinks. He looks out the window and see’s his wife across the street walking towards the house.

Trying to divert her from the house he asks her to get a table at a nearby restaurant for the two of them. As they are to hanging up with each other he hears her screaming as a car hits her. Fast forward a few weeks later we learn that she has lost the baby. A doctor prescribes her medication and tells her that in time she will get over the loss.

THE MOVE

Roy moves him and his wife from New York to a small town called Cold Spring. This will allow Sarah to get the rest she needs. Cold Spring will also allow them to rebuild their lives. . Roy wants to move there to get away from Diane as well who won’t leave him alone. Since the accident, Roy has become more attentive to his wife and does not want to have anything to do with Diane.

While in Cold Spring Sarah is having dreams of a four-year-old boy as well as herself murdered. Roy thinks he’s seeing Diane around town.. Each instance is not really happening.

What’s REALLY Happening: The boy Sarah is dreaming about belongs to Diane (whom was killed by Sarah but not on purpose). The boy is not Roy’s but a child Diane had with her former boyfriend who was abusive to both Diane and the boy. The boyfriend beat the boy so bad he put him in a coma. Roy is not aware that his former girlfriend is dead until the end of the movie when the boyfriend takes Sarah hostage and lures Roy to the hideout so he can witness the boyfriend kill Sarah. It’s Diane’s boyfriend how pushed Sarah into traffic in hopes of killing her but since that didn’t happen he decided to kidnap her with the goal of killing her.

*Diane arrived at Roy’s house (when they lived in New York) and encounters his wife. She (Diane) tries to play off by saying she has the wrong place and as she’s leaving Sarah tells her not to ever come back. Diane somehow ends up in the house (I never understood how that happened) and as Sarah is running upstairs, Diane follows her and that’s when Sarah pushed Diane while telling her to get out of her house. Diane hits her head against the banister and dies. Sarah moves Diane’s body to an alley to look like she got mugged while burying her purse in a field or her backyard.

THE GOOD, THE BAD

The Good: The plot and story-line were a good one. I enjoyed the mystery behind the strange dreams Sarah was having and the meaning behind the boy she kept seeing in her dreams.

The Bad: The chemistry between Flanery and Henstridge was not there at all. I really don’t think Henstridge was feeling the roll as Flanery was while Flanery’s acting was sub-par. His best work was in Powder (1995) and The Boondock Saints. The interaction between the two seemed forced and took away from the movie a bit. I got the feeling that Henstridge didn’t want Flanery near her and seemed annoyed by him. Flanery seemed to try too hard and possibly at times was overthinking his actions and movements.

The detective (whose name I don’t remember and he’s not listed in the cast credits on imdb.com) was absolutely horrible. He used the vocal fry tone when talking which is so damn annoying. I’m not sure if he thought it sounded cool or what. And if he thought it sounded cool, like he was a hip detective, I wonder where he got the idea from.
Here’s a video about Vocal Fry

AND THE UGLY

The boyfriend was just as bad as the detective in his attempt to sound threatening. His threats to Sarah is overemphasized and the look on his face (meant to be mean looks) was a joke. The look on Sarah’s face seemed to be more of disgust for Flannery’s acting than his threats. The speech he was giving Sarah was something along the lines of leading a lamb to slaughter with Sarah being the lamb. Oy vey.

The cops see Roy through a window where Sarah is being held captive, yet it took them almost 10 minutes to get to him. This threw me for a loop and had me lose a little bit of what was going on because I was trying to come up with excuses on why it was taking the cops so long to get inside and rescue Roy and his wife. Obviously the delay so more dramatic interactions between Roy, the boyfriend and Sarah could be played out, but they could have done this by switching between the scenes going on inside the building and the cops racing to get there. Oy vey once again.

The Ugly: There really isn’t any ugly to this movie. It had a good storyline and plot, but the chemistry between Flanery and Henstridge just wasn’t there.

USELESS INFORMATION

Trivia: The house in the movie is the same house used in Cold Creek Manor.

Made up towns are common in most movies. But in this case there really is a Cold Spring, NY:

“The historic Village of Cold Spring is a small community in southeastern New York that is situated on the east bank of the Hudson River only fifty miles north of Manhattan.  It is one of two incorporated Villages within the Town of Philipstown in Putnam County. The Village occupies 0.6 square miles across the river from the United States Military Academy at West Point in the most scenic region of the Hudson Highlands” (read more here-> Cold Spring, NY)

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Cold Spring
2013
Director: Sheldon Wilson –
Writer: Irvin Belateche
Starring (probably with regret): Natasha Henstridge, Sean Patrick Flanery

Drama, Mystery, Suspense

Currently showing on the Lifetime Movie Club app available for download in the Google Play store or App Store.

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