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125 Ratings


Directed by Vincent Grashaw
United States, 2013
Drama, Thriller


A teenage boy is sent to a juvenile reform facility in the wilderness. As we learn about the tragic events that sent him there, his struggle becomes one for survival with the inmates, the counselors, and with the retired war colonel in charge.

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Coldwater Directed by Vincent Grashaw

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  • bastos's rating of the film Coldwater

    mullti dmensional intense reflection of an, in my opinion misleading, kids education strategy

  • NicholasHeinecke's rating of the film Coldwater

    Definitely not based on a true story, but a fictionalization of many accounts of institutional violence and abuse. This film makes you think about the way that people who have made bad decisions can be swept up into the system. I liked the timeline switch, which added a nice layer to the story. The violence was done only to serve as a message, which i appreciated as it added to the development of the characters.

  • Loz Loory's rating of the film Coldwater

    4.5 A very well done film that successfully indicts this type of "rehabilitation." The flashbacks were interwoven nicely with the forward plot. The characters were excellent. So sad to think of how many kids have been thoroughly traumatized in these "tough love" camps.

  • Slappy McGee's rating of the film Coldwater

    Plays kind of like a brutal afterschool special. The movie starts off really slow and kind of weak, with poorly placed flashbacks that stop-and-start the rhythm of the narrative. Kind of just poor editing, really. But about an hour in, things start to get better. In the final act, things get really crazy and quite brutal, thus saving the film, really. Overall, it ends up being somewhat enjoyable.

  • ekeal9497's rating of the film Coldwater

    Coldwater is a great film to go watch!! I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes to debate about the topic of real man power and masculinity in general. Vincent Grashaw did a very good job within the film. The characters, Cinematography, music, etc. All were excellent. The setting of the film was a great fit too. The idea of the young teens going through military treatment is very symbolic in the film. Nice

  • PropheticHeine's rating of the film Coldwater

    This movie takes classic forms and makes itself into its own movie. Its usage of flashbacks provides a narrative element that gives us insight to our protagonist's character before the program, it also builds us a greater sympathy for his reasons in having to go into the program. This is also helped by various transitions like the jump cuts between flashbacks and present time. Overall it's a fantastic movie to watch.

  • Blakevon's rating of the film Coldwater

    Coldwater attempts to explore the modern idea of masculinity and just how toxic it can be. Our story follows a young man named Brad Lunders and his experience at Coldwater, a juvenile correction facility in the middle of the wilderness. This movie has distinct similarities to the movie Holes, however, instead of just fighting to get out of this camp, our characters must come together to save each other's lives.

  • Isaac Lefebvre's rating of the film Coldwater

    The film Coldwater is based on actual events. The film follows a group of young men who were sent to a correctional camp similar to a boot camp. The young men who are sent to the camp have been signed over to the government by their parents. They're forced to fun miles everyday, sprayed with firehoses, strung up by their wrist and left overnight. Overall the film is very brutal, and takes many twists and turns.

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