Revenge is best served cold.
Liam Neeson gives his usual man-out-for-revenge role a darkly comedic twist in this thriller, playing a humble snow plough driver who seeks to murder the drug dealers he thinks killed his son. Based on director Hans Petter Moland's 2014 Norwegian film In Order of Disappearance, who returns to helm this English language remake.
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BY Tony Stamp Flicks Writer
Cold Pursuit shows its hand early on, as a Fargo-esque musical cue plays over shots of snowy vistas: we’re headed to Coen-town. Or a facsimile of it, at least. That particular line between tragedy and comedy is a tricky one to walk, starting here with a dead son on a very squeaky gurney, but what are we meant to feel when one of the killers has their teeth punched out? Catharsis? Or is that meant to be funny, too? It’s not always clear, and without a firm pair of hands on the wheel a la The Brothers Coen, Cold Pursuit drifts off toward Blandsville.... More
The director of the Danish original Kraftidioten helms this English language remake of his own film, and the main difference between the two comes from casting—when Stellan Skarsgård starts wasting bad guys, it’s humorously out of left field. When Liam “I should probably call my agent” Neeson does it, not so much.
Cold Pursuit is always entertaining though, even when it seems unsure what it’s aiming for. After about thirty minutes of Neeson murdering thugs, a large supporting cast is introduced, and things perk up considerably. Detective Emmy Rossum trades banter with her amiable boss. Crime boss Tom Bateman parents his son very badly. His henchman bicker. None of it is gut-busting, but it’s amusing, and clever in the way it gradually fills in everyone’s backstory.
But it doesn’t amount to much. A lot of people die, and you may chuckle a bit along the way. In the original, Skarsgård’s character is called Nils Dickman. Here Neeson plays Nels Coxman. It’s almost a joke, but not really.Hide
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BY LoganLives lister
Despite Liam Neeson being billed as the lead in the icy caper, the big guy takes a back seat in the third act as other supporting players muscle to the fore. While aiming at the bleak comedic notes struck most recently by Calvary and In Bruges. Cold Pursuit doesn't quite hit all the notes. With some noticeable CGI backgrounds and a few scenes that feel phoned in, Cold Pursuit is a few snowdrifts away from a full avalanche.
BY Graeme-Hart wannabe
I was lucky enough to see the Flicks preview of this movie.
This is the best black comedy I've seen in a long time. Liam Neeson doesn't disappoint and the gangsters do a great job of being gangsters.
I laughed so much that I had a sore face for a few hours afterwards. We will be watching this again soon, it was that good.
Don't take it too seriously and have fun.
BY Daphne-Carvalho superstar
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