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.
- Hans Petter Moland('In Order of Disappearance', 'Aberdeen', 'Department Q')
- Frank Baldwin (based on the screenplay 'Kraftidioten' by Kim Fupz Aakeson)
Action, Comedy, Thriller
Rating: R16 Violence, suicide themes, sexual references & offensive language.
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.
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.
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A Snowy Ensemble Piece with Liam Neeson!
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.
This year's best black comedy
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.
I AM A FAN OF LIAM NEESON - BUT I MUST SAY THIS FILM HAD HIM LOOKING HIS AGE. I LIKED THE DARK COMEDY AND THE SCENERY WAS BREATHTAKING. I TOOK HUBBY WHO I THOUGHT WOULD'VE LIKED IT MORE THAN HE DID.
Fabulous dark comedy
I wasn't sure what to expect going into the movie and had no expectations. It starts as a very low key, almost dark arty movie with lots of snow billowing around in desolate snowy mountains, a quaint wee wooden house all by itself and a snow plough. There's not much dialogue to begin with. Nels is a man of few words, and shuns the limelight. The fun begins in the morgue scene. Elevating bodies is a recurring theme. Nels is spurred into action after he talks to his son's coworker. Then the body count really starts. One thing I must do is count the bodies next time I watch this. This is like an intentionally funny version of the Taken movies. Some great characters and actors. Warning, for snowflakes, it's a bloody movie. Tho the scenery with the snowplough and billowing snow is almost arty and surreal. It also has what may be the first snow plough chase in a movie. No doubt a movie buff will know. Watch it.
Very clever, thoroughly enjoyed it, pretty gross scenes but so much humour along the way.
Better than I expected
I expected a snowy version of "Taken" but got a dark comedy, I enjoyed the movie no real dull patches and kept me interested until the end.
Not What I Expected
Much more quirky than the trailer let on - which was a good thing. There were some really nuanced, funny and creative moments but I've never shut my eyes in one movie as much as this. Definitely Fargo-esque so if you liked that you'll love this.
Mildly Amusing Fargo spin off
Liam Neeson returns in his usual entertaining fare but this one lacks substance and the film is largely forgotten as soon as it ends. The main issue is we've seen it all before and while the villain is fun to watch Neeson goes about his "Taken" like business without breaking any new ground and there are several lapses in logic. Saying that, Neeson is always fun to watch and the pace never lags but you can't help feeling that it could have been better
Darkly Humorous Entertainment
In the vein of Fargo, this dark comedy is not your usual Liam Neeson action movie. Lots of killing, gratuitous violence, etc., but all played out with tongue firmly in cheek. Old Liam plays Old Liam, world weary and out for revenge after the killing of his son. What follows is not the usual Neeson (Taken) script. This is much more shambolic, and all the better for it. The crossing storylines keep you engaged and the supporting cast, particularly Tom Bateman's arch villain (almost Patrick Bateman-like in his over-the-top psycopathy) and Emmy Rossum's local cop, are all central to making this film work. With Laura Dern, William Forsythe, Tom Jackson, and John Doman there is no end of acting talent among the minor characters. Although the Canadian Rockies stand in for the Colorado Rockies, the location shots are great and the scenery is stunning. Overall a very good night out.
I thought it would just be another Liam Neeson: PUNCHING GUYS kinda movie. How wrong I was. He also kicks, shoots, chokes AND mulches the baddies, all with a beautiful, snowy backdrop. Had a few chuckles along the way as the film ticked along at a decent pace , which led up to the (slightly OTT) climax... It was certainly more than I expected from the poster and the trailer. 4 stars from me!