Nobody Can Cool (2013)

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The directing and writing team of DPYX manage to concoct “Nobody Can Cool,” a dramatic thriller that’s one half really damn good suspense ride, and one half forgettable fodder. “Nobody Can Cool” manages to pack in an interesting premise and one that definitely tries to cover all bases in terms of logic and excitement. At times I was very engrossed in what was happening, and while the film isn’t perfect, it’s saved by the tight direction and great performances.

“Nobody Can Cool” focuses on Susan and David, a young couple that go away for the weekend to a cabin that they borrowed from their friend. When they arrive, they’re shocked to discover another couple has taken residence. Despite the awkwardness, Len and his pregnant wife Gigi manage to convince the couple to share the cabin for the weekend. Despite their instincts alarming them to the couple’s intentions, they overstay their welcome immediately. When Susan wakes up, she’s surprised to find the doors locked and their car missing. Gigi and Len aren’t whom they appear to be, and they’re dead serious about keeping the couple confined to the cabin.

These events leading in to the big reveal of the couple thankfully are filled with tension, and I was definitely curious how this scenario would end up. The film never manages to slow down or become tedious as the DPYX team manage to keep the narrative moving at a steady pace. All the while the budget is never quite shown, as the DPYX team manages to keep the film to one location, and provide a very competent story within this one house setting. The performances are all rather good, which keeps the thriller from falling to the wayside as an amateur attempts. The stand out among the cast is Nick Principe who manages to play a charismatic and despicable villain, a man who seems unimposing enough, but will surely do whatever it takes to come out ahead.

He delivers every line of dialogue with a weighted confidence that really makes him a menacing antagonist, and Principe manages to steal scenes from his cast. Actress Nikki Bohm does a great job of playing off of him as this worn and weathered life mate who has a love hate relationship with Len, but is very certain about the end result of their scheme to wait out the night in the cabin. The sub-plot involving Susan and David did occasionally halt the burning tension, and I was never too sure about the somewhat disturbing climax. In either case, “Nobody Can Cool” is a strong and entertaining dramatic thriller, and an indie very much worth seeking out.

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