Theatrical Reviews

Cold Pursuit Review

Cold Pursuit 1

Studio:
Studiocanal   

What’s It About?
A snowplough driver, current citizen of the year for sleepy town near the Rockies, goes on a murderous spree after his son is killed by a criminal gang.   

Who’s In It?
Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List, Taken 1-3, & more recently Widows)
Tom Bateman (The Tunnel, Snatched, & more recently Murder On The Orient Express)   

Other notables include:
Laura Dern (Jurassic Park, Star Wars Episode VIII – The Last Jedi, & more recently Big Little Lies)   

Director: Hans Petter Moland (Zero Kelvin, Aberdeen, In Order Of Disappearance)   

Audiences Expect:
Despite the old adage that there’s no such thing as bad publicity, it would seem that Liam Neeson’s latest efforts to raise awareness for his latest film release, Cold Pursuit, are less than ideal. And after being roundly criticised for his latest comments, it would seem his efforts are to no avail for this remake of the Norweigian black comedy In Order Of Disappearance fails to live up to the bill, despite seemingly playing to Neeson’s strengths.
Set in a sleepy town near the Rocky Mountains, Neeson plays a civic snowplough driver who keeps the roads clear 24/7 and is so beloved, that he has just picked up the citizen of the year award. Things soon go south though, after all this is a Liam Neeson film, and his son is killed after getting caught up with criminals and killed by a drug lord.
The seemingly quiet and reserved Neeson then adapts his knowledge of the area and conditions, with his love of hunting, to track down the gang members one by one and killing them in a variety of ways a la Die Hard, until he reaches the head honcho. 
Mixing blood spatter with comic asides, Cold Pursuit should, on paper, be right on the money, especially with Liam Neeson in the lead role. And yet…somehow everything is slightly off. It is difficult to care about any of the characters, including the leads, as we barely get to know them. His son dies, but are we really bothered as we barely knew him, and despite a lust for vengeance, I’m not even sure Neeson is that upset – outwardly at least. Meanwhile his wife, Laura Dern, decides to upsticks and leave mid way through the film never to be heard from again.
A weak script and appalling characterisation therefore result in this film struggling to cross over from its Norweigian roots, leaving this audience member pretty cold.      

In A Nutshell:
A weak script, limited characterisation, and a failure of the humour to cross over renders Cold Pursuit somewhat lifeless.   

Highlight:
The body count  

Lowpoint:
The pretty non-existent characterisation


Certificate: 15

EDITOR’S CHOICE