Release Date: February 8th, 2019
Cast: Liam Neeson, Laura Dern, Emmy Rossum, William Forsythe, and Tom Bateman
Director: Hans Petter Moland
Studio: StudioCanal, Summit Entertainment
Distributor: Summit Entertainment
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Yikes. All the recent hub-bub aside, Cold Pursuit is not a good movie. That’s the short of it.
Nels Coxman is a snowplow driver. His son gets caught up in some bad business with drug dealers. He dies. Coxman’s life falls apart, his wife leaves him. All that’s left for him is revenge. And he sets out to get it, in comically poor fashion.
Based on the original Swedish version of the film, In Order of Disappearance (a much more interesting and apt description). Perhaps the original is better. Hell, it’d have to be good enough if they decided to go ahead and remake it in English with the same director. Unfortunately, I will never know, because I was left so cold I have no desire to sit through any of this again.
Cold Pursuit so desperately wants to belong in that echelon of dark, funny crime comedies like the kind where wit and gunfire fly in equally potent measure. Instead, the action here falls flat, the ‘jokes’ rarely land. Now, a few days out from seeing it I’m struggling to even find something positive about the movie.
Oh, here we go, there are a few funny jokes involving the absurdity of certain processes. For instance, the treatment of a body in a morgue has a certain lengthy jack process that takes away from the somberness of the moment but is real and so gets a chuckle. It’s not much, but it’s something.
Cold Pursuit is neither particularly funny, nor exciting so if you’re looking for either, I really recommend looking elsewhere. And I was a fan of Liam Neeson action movies!