Cold Pursuit

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Cold Pursuit delivers the action audiences expect from a Liam Neeson thriller -- along with humor and a sophisticated streak that make this an uncommonly effective remake.

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COLD PURSUIT, an action thriller infused with irreverent humor, stars Liam Neeson as Nels Coxman, a family man whose quiet life with his wife (Laura Dern) is upended following the mysterious death of their son. Nels' search for justice turns into a vengeful hunt for Viking (Tom Bateman), a drug lord he believes is connected to the death. As one by one of Viking's associates "disappear," Nels goes from upstanding citizen to ice-cold vigilante, letting nothing -- and no one -- get in his way.

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  • Jan 03, 2020
    An American remake of the Norwegian film In Order of Disappearance, Cold Pursuit is a fairly entertaining dark comedy. When his son is murdered Colorado snowplow driver Nels Coxman tracks down and kills his killers, accidentally triggering a war between two rival drug lords. Liam Neeson leads the cast and gives a solid performance. However, the black comedy is a little too subtle; as it takes a while to realize that it's being played for laughs. Also, the placing is kind of slow and the storytelling is weak. Still, the action scenes are pretty good and there are several fun bits of humor. Cold Pursuit has some suspense and some thrills, but is has trouble coming together.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 08, 2019
    Neeson has had quite latter career with all these action films. I'm quite happy he has announced this is to be the last, and let's be honest, they have been a mixed bag. This film has an unusual style, not a bad thing by any means, but the budget doesn't match. The producers and studio obviously still wanted a basic narrative and instead of being ambitious, it's just different in its visual structure. The black comedy doesn't work that well and I felt this was a missed opportunity. The plot line is just a standard cliché revenge structure so in the end it's all the same. Neeson does all the heavy lifting here and the villain is very one-note, to the say the least. The support cast are only for show and they don't have a lot of depth. As an ending to the genre for Neeson, this is a let down, but never say never for a return. 07/12/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jun 10, 2019
    Took me a very long time to adjust to the format, but Cold Pursuit is a win in my book. A moderate one, but still, take that W boys. Sure the setting feels underdeveloped, the tone is back and forth like it's hangin' off the end ball on Newton's cradle, and off the top of my head I can think of a minimum of five characters you could cut entirely without affecting the story in any way whatsoever, but I'm still here for it's weird good thing.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 26, 2019
    FARGONE - My Review of COLD PURSUIT (3 Stars) Every New Year, we can always count on two things - resolutions and the fact that Liam Neeson will kill somebody. Both tend to have success early on, but eventually peter out. Still, Neeson has developed a cottage industry out of avenging the tragic circumstances surrounding kidnapped or murdered offspring. COLD PURSUIT, a remake of the 2014 Norwegian feature, IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE, and directed by the same person, Hans Petter Moland, seems at first glance like the trope-riddled output of so many TAKENS and NON-STOPS, but itï¿ 1/2 1/2 1/2(TM)s refreshingly different in tone. This doesnï¿ 1/2 1/2 1/2(TM)t necessarily make it good, but at least it tried. Neeson stars as Nels Coxman, an ordinary snowplow driver in Kehoe, Colorado, who seeks to avenge the murder of his son in what appears to be a drug-related crime. Unhappily married to Grace (Laura Dern), who writes my favorite ï¿ 1/2 1/2 1/2Dear Johnï¿ 1/2 1/2 1/2ï¿ 1/2 1/2ï¿ 1/2? letter of all time in this film, Nels abandons all reason and family to kill his way through a huge roster of bad folks in order to confront the ultimate Big Bad. Its snowy surroundings, fur-lined jackets and small town whimsy makes for more than a passing resemblance to FARGO, but without the layered wit or memorable characterizations. Still, the high body count (complete with a fun tittle card popping up every time someone meets their make), quirky structure and a handful of oddball performances make this an improvement in what has become Neesonï¿ 1/2 1/2 1/2(TM)s tired genre of choice. Unfortunately, Neeson himself goes the Bruce Willis route here and barely puts any effort into his own role. Early on, when his character puts a gun in his own mouth, you donï¿ 1/2 1/2 1/2(TM)t feel even a hint of anguish. Further, Neeson practically disappears in the second half of the film, handing it over to Tom Bateman, who chews the scenery and then some as ï¿ 1/2 1/2 1/2Vikingï¿ 1/2 1/2 1/2ï¿ 1/2 1/2ï¿ 1/2?, the aforementioned big bad guy. I enjoyed him, but next to Neesonï¿ 1/2 1/2 1/2(TM)s nearly somnambulant efforts, heï¿ 1/2 1/2 1/2(TM)s tonally at oddsï¿ 1/2 1/2 1/2but still fun. Most of the film involves Neeson finding a bad guy, getting the name of his superior, and then killing themï¿ 1/2 1/2 1/2.and so on and so on. Most of the kills arenï¿ 1/2 1/2 1/2(TM)t all that interesting, with the exception of one involving a blow-up couch and the final one, which is the closest this movie has to FARGOï¿ 1/2 1/2 1/2(TM)s wood chipper. The second half introduces a counterplot to at least complicate matters, but it mainly serves to allow for a bigger pileup of bodies. Thereï¿ 1/2 1/2 1/2(TM)s really not much more to the story than that, but thereï¿ 1/2 1/2 1/2(TM)s also something goofily endearing about the whole thing. I found myself laughing a lot, appreciating how invested the filmmakers had become in giving characters a quick introduction before killing themï¿ 1/2 1/2 1/2lather, rinse, repeat. I also loved the cinematography by Philip ï¿ 1/2 1/2 1/2~gaard which fills the frame with snowy mountains, a giant waterfall, and awesome shots of the plow clearing roads with giant walls of snow left in its wake. Itï¿ 1/2 1/2 1/2(TM)s a shame you donï¿ 1/2 1/2 1/2(TM)t care about any of the characters or that they barely care about themselves. Something like this should only be 90 minutes long, but at 118 minutes, it wears out its welcome and its audience. It makes you appreciate the Coen Brothers even more for being able to make genre films with real bite and real specificity. All told, I applaud Neeson for trying to make a film which stretches the confines of what heï¿ 1/2 1/2 1/2(TM)s been doing of late. Heï¿ 1/2 1/2 1/2(TM)s a fantastic actor who rarely gets to show off his sense of humor. With COLD PURSUIT, it feels as if heï¿ 1/2 1/2 1/2(TM)s lending his name to something fairly funny without actually getting to BE funny himself. You can do it Liam! Kill us with comedy next January! I know you have a little Marge Gunderson in you!
    Glenn G Super Reviewer

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