Cold Pursuit (2019)
Directed By: Hans Petter Moland
Starring: Liam Neeson, Tom Bateman, Laura Dern and Emmy Rossum
Synopsis: Welcome to Kehoe, it’s -10 degrees and counting at this glitzy ski resort in the Rocky Mountains. The local police aren’t used to much action until the son of unassuming town snowplough driver, Nels Coxman (Liam Neeson), is murdered at the order of Viking (Tom Bateman), a flamboyant drug lord. Fueled by rage and armed with heavy machinery, Nels sets out to dismantle the cartel one man at a time, but his understanding of murder comes mainly from what he read in a crime novel. As the bodies pile up, his actions ignite a turf war between Viking and his long-standing rival White Bull (Tom Jackson), a soulful Native-American mafia boss, that will quickly escalate and turn the small town’s bright white slopes blood-red.
Review: Reading about this movie as it was going into production had me intrigued, as seeing Neeson take down bad guys is always a fun ride. When the trailers and synopsis got released I was sure it would be quite Taken-esque. That wasn’t quite the case.
What differed this movie from Taken was that Neeson’s character didn’t have a particular set of skills so to speak. He wasn’t a fancy fighter or a skilled marksman. He was a day today average guy. Once his son is murdered Neeson’s character goes on the warpath. Whenever he gets into fights he just keeps pummelling, the fights are somewhat realistic and brutal. We don’t get much from Neeson on the shoot ’em up front, but he does make himself a nice sawn off rifle. I think the main thing that caught me off guard was the dark humour scattered throughout the movie. It plays out really well and it makes the film more enjoyable, considering I thought I was going into a full blown action thriller, I was pleasently surprised.
The story is well paced and I never found myself getting bored or disinterested throughout, the main Villain called Viking (Tom Bateman) wasn’t exactly menacing looking but he was very unhinged and crazy. I also loved whenever a character/s died their name appeared along with a cross which was very humorous! Once the movie takes the black comedy turn, you don’t feel bad chuckling at the bad guys being despatched.
I loved this movie and would recommend to anyone!! It was an absolute blast and a total different take on a ‘Neeson Actioner’