COLD PURSUIT Review — Right Up There With FARGO

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Cold Pursuit Review — This darkly comedic Liam Neeson thriller gives the phrase “dead of winter” a whole new meaning.

Cold pursuit reviewFinally, a 2019 release worth braving the elements and rushing the theater to see. And no matter how bitterly the Polar Vortex is treating you, I promise you’ll feel warm and toasty compared to Liam Neeson’s frigid Nels Coxman, the intrepid snowplow driver who clears the deeply covered roads around a Colorado ski resort.

Once again, a terse, craggy Neeson character is looking to revenge the shameless treatment of his offspring,  (this time a son), but it’s a definite detour from the “I will find you” spirit of his ‘Taken’ films. Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland (this is an English language remake of his 2014 thriller Kraftidioten) seems to be heavily influenced by the Coen Brothers, with a quirky score, pitch black humor and morbid suspense peppered with macabre violence.

You can’t help but think of  Fargo as you take in the blood, the snow, the savvy police officer (Emmy Rossum from Shameless) and many clever twists.

But Cold Pursuit is in no way a rip-off of the Coen classic. Coxman works his way up the chain of command to find the one who is ultimately responsible for the death of his son—and a whole lot of drug smuggling as well—informing us of a resourceful new use for chicken wire along the way. His methods are delightfully surprising, as are the characters he meets on his vigilante hero’s journey.

My one regret is that Laura Dern, as Coxman’s wife, is a bit wasted—you get the feeling that many of her scenes were cut. Aside from that, this pitch perfect, cold blooded film will send shivers down your spine while bringing laughter up from the darkest part of you psyche. What a nice surprise this time of year.

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Rated R

One hour 58 minutes

Cold Pursuit Review — This darkly comedic Liam Neeson thriller gives the phrase “dead of winter” a whole new meaning.

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Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award winning journalist, author and film/TV critic. She can be heard regularly on Cumulus radio stations throughout the US, and on BBC Radio.

1 Comment

  1. Avatar John Dewar on February 6, 2019 at 9:36 am

    Thank you for a refreshingly upbeat review. Others seem to have missed the entertainment point!

    You’re awesome Lisa!

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