Cold Pursuit (2019)

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Critic Consensus: 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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All Critics (128) | Top Critics (28)

Not that Moland is after a realistic, philosophical interrogation of cold-blooded revenge anyway -- and given Neeson's own recent, deeply unfortunate racist remarks, that may be for the best.

Feb 14, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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Cold Pursuit falls squarely into that basket, yielding a wholly forgettable movie

Feb 11, 2019 | Full Review…
CNN.com
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"Cold Pursuit" is an excellent film.

Feb 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Cold Pursuit works as intended.

Feb 8, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Cold Pursuit ultimately winds up being about how unsatisfying films like Cold Pursuit can be.

Feb 8, 2019 | Full Review…

The stupidity lacks smarts in the script department, and the joke, such as it is, wears thin, then turns sour.

Feb 8, 2019 | Full Review…

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In light of Liam Neeson's recent politically incorrect gaffe, it follows suit that Cold Pursuit while visually literate is racially stupid. Having seen director Hans Petter Moland's original Norwegian adaptation In Order of Disappearance, I was intrigued to see how Hollywood-ized his American take on the story would be. This version is more convoluted with too many characters, and it's too long comparatively. Neeson certainly sells the character of a snow plowman turned mob assassin better than Stellan Skarsgard, but the movie suffers nearly every time it cuts away from him to showcase the idiosyncrasies of a million bit characters, many of whom disappear mere minutes after their introductions. To avenge the murder of his son, Neeson kills several gang members while trying to find who gave the orders, and this provokes a turf war amongst a rival mafia group. In the Norwegian film, the rival gang are Serbians, but unfortunately Moland decided to change those characters to Native Americans here. Much like Martin McDonagh's take on American racial politics in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Cold Pursuit demonstrates why white European men should leave certain subjects in better qualified hands. There are many ways to approach the legacy of oppressed people in film, but using them as props in your edgy, violent crime dramedy isn't one of them. It's surprising too that Moland is so oblivious to this as he obviously has a firm grasp on visual storytelling, and there are some very clever moments in the film. There's some really good camera work, and it rarely fails to entertain as the humor is more overt this time around. There is just such a severe lack of focus on the core elements of the film like death as the great equalizer and the transcendent importance of fatherhood that clearly vie to be the central thematic tenets, but I suppose when you spend over half a decade focusing on an adaptation twice it may be understandable to lose perspective on what you're doing.

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