Whilst the central relationship is at times effective and entertaining, the straightforwardness of the plot is the most memorable aspect of Chun's film. All good thrillers comprise of powerful twists and turns that audiences never see coming, but those moments here are largely predictable and seldom achieve the desired impact. Additionally, the flawed screenplay reaches its lowest point at the worst possible juncture in the needlessly over-the-top climax. After small roles in summer blockbusters such as Men in Black III and Star Trek Into Darkness, London-born Eve - who sports a spot-on American accent here - is impressive in the challenging lead role. As Chloe's situation becomes ever more desperate, Eve continually elevates her performance.
Contrastingly, Cranston's Polish villain sounds increasingly more Russian as the plot thickens, an accent which the actor ironically nailed in recent animated sequel Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012). Nonetheless, it's another well-performed turn from the Breaking Bad star, and he portrays Topo's sight problems with appropriate nuance. It's unfortunate then that the film's quality of the acting is not matched by more adventurous material. Without its two lead stars, Cold Comes the Night would be little more than a glorified DTV also-ran.