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Cold Pursuit

by Sam Cohen
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday May 14, 2019
Cold Pursuit

As has grown custom with later day Liam Neeson-starring projects, "Cold Pursuit" follows a man with a bit of a chip on his shoulder. The thirst for vengeance gives way to a cavalcade of violence that is supposed to give some kind of closure or sense of relief that the wrongs have been righted. But like the most unsuccessful of those projects, the film is caught somewhere between self-seriousness and downright parody. Even though it's good for a couple of yuks, this remake of the 2014 Norwegian thriller "In Order of Disappearance" wants to wink ironically and have emotional resonation at the same time, but it doesn't have the verve to do both things.

Nels Coxman (Neeson) is a humble snowplow driver in the fictional town of Kehoe, Colorado. After being given the "Citizen of the Year" award for his dedication to keeping the town's roads clear, his son Kyle (Micheál Richardson) is killed by a couple of drug dealers out for the blood after Kyle and his friend try to steal a kilo of cocaine. Convinced that Kyle did nothing wrong, Nels sets out for revenge against the drug dealer Viking (Tom Bateman) who ordered the killing. The constant slaying of lower-level drug pushers ignites a decades-old feud between Viking and the American Indian drug lord White Bull (Tom Jackson) that threatens to bring down both of their outfits. Yet there's Nels, who is consistently evading death as he watches the two gangs rip each other to pieces.

After each killing in "Cold Pursuit," a title card comes up notifying the audience of who died. While that may seem like an interesting punctuation, especially given that most of these characters die under dark and slightly humorous circumstances, it speaks lengths to the film's failings. It wants the violence doled out to resonate even though it doesn't have the gumption to detail the main players beyond their cutesy nicknames and shallow affectations. They're all just pawns in a zero-sum game that's constantly undercut by the film's longing for a deeper purpose to all the bloodletting.

Available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, regular Blu-ray and Digital, this release of "Cold Pursuit" comes with a few special features that are sure to please fans of the film. There's an interview with director Hans Petter Moland that gives a bit of insight to the director's influence for the film. He also directed the film that "Cold Pursuit" is a remake of, and it's very clear that he has this noble pursuit to detail the heroin epidemic within the trappings of an action thriller. A genuine idea that gets hobbled by the film wanting to do too many things at once.

Other special features include:

• Deleted Scenes
• Interview with Actor Liam Neeson
• "Welcome to Kehoe: Behind the Scenes on Cold Pursuit" Featurette

"Cold Pursuit"
Lionsgate 4K Blu-ray, Blu-ray and Digital
$42.99
https://www.lionsgate.com/movies/cold-pursuit

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