Country: United States
Release Date: February 8, 2019
Director: Hans Petter Moland
Nels Coxman's quiet life as a snowplow driver comes crashing down when his beloved son dies under mysterious circumstances. His search for the truth soon becomes a quest for revenge against a psychotic drug lord named Viking and his sleazy henchmen. Transformed from upstanding citizen to coldblooded vigilante, Coxman unwittingly sets off a chain of events that includes a kidnapping, a series of deadly misunderstandings and a turf war between Viking and a rival boss.
After Taken, Liam Neeson’s career changed drastically. He went from being the dramatic actor from Schindler’s List to an official ass-kicker, inhabiting action movies that could best be described as Dad Rock – films tailor-made for fathers across the land to enjoy. This newfound reputation occasionally backfires, though. The most obvious example is The Grey, a fantastic, haunting movie about death and grief that was marketed as Liam Neeson Fights Wolves. The marketing sunk the movie in a lot of people’s minds. Now here comes Cold Pursuit, which might suffer the same fate. The ads play up the angle that this film involves Neeson out for revenge, and while that’s certainly a part of the film, there’s a lot more going on here. And I don’t know if casual moviegoers are prepared for that.
“Cold Pursuit” might have all the trappings of those junky late-era Liam Neeson movies where the aging Irish actor murders a small army of people like some kind of AARP-eligible Rambo, but Hans Petter Moland’s mordantly hilarious comic thriller doesn’t wait long to defile expectations. The fact that it opens with an Oscar Wilde quote should be enough to confuse anyone who’s bracing for another tedious riff on “Taken.” The quote reads: “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go,” and while that may seem like a pretentious little preamble for a film that features Neeson shooting a bridal shop clerk in the face with a sawed-off sniper rifle, it turns out to be the perfect table-setting for a fiendishly entertaining, pitch-black revenge story about a decent man who develops a violent knack for being the worst the worst part of anyone’s day.. In the picture, Park is holding a few papers in his left hand. No big deal, right? But then, the internet did what the internet does, and dissected the image pixel by pixel. And what they spotted may have a major impact on the film.
"Cold Pursuit is not Taken. It’s not any of Liam Neeson’s action-thrillers, and it’s not trying to be. If anything, Cold Pursuit, Hans Petter Moland’s adaptation of his 2014 Norwegian film In Order of Disappearance, is a parody of the revenge film that has little patience for characterization or relationships. Rather than dive into the interior lives of its characters, Cold Pusuit relishes the thinnest of motivations to rack up a body count. Moland and screenwriter Frank Baldwin revel in the absurdity of the revenge movie, and they make the most of poking fun at its conventions in darkly comic fashion. If you’re expecting a straight-faced thriller, you won’t find it here. Instead, you’ll have a blast watching Moland toy with the genre. Michael Nordine Mar 25, 2019 3:50 pm @slowbeard Cold Pursuit, jason Momoa Courtesy of DC Entertainment Much to the consternation of fans, “Cold Pursuit” has yet to receive a teaser trailer despite being scheduled for release later this year. This has naturally led to speculation among those same fans, which director James Wan has apparently had enough of. The “Saw” and “The Conjuring” filmmaker took to Twitter to dispel any rumors about the delay, explaining that the problem is simple: “It’s me.”
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