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.
this was so much better than I thought it was going to be. funnier than expected.worth watching for the last minute alone.director's career worth following.
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Liam Neeson not playing an ex military/special forces agent!
- Cold Pursuit review by AL
Liam Neeson plays an ex special...... oh no wait a minute nope he is actually just some guy with a kinda regular job, well I didn't see that coming!
I was expecting the usual action/redemption type thing that he is usually in but was pleasantly surprised by this slower paced but interesting movie. There is something about it that just keeps your interest throughout.
Good movie, nothing overly exciting but a good watch.
This is a USA version of In Order Of Disappearance a Scandinavian movie. Exactly the same but the comedy element overplayed somewhat with a few changes; Gang boss is bullied by his ex whereas in the original he knocks her out with a punch; got to have strong women in Hollywood these days. Brutal violence and comedy are strange bedfellows and the original plays it better although directed by the same guy.
An entertaining watch but if you haven't seen it don't bother and go for the original version; more authentic and blends the humour and violence better.
Remember 'The Killing' TV series? Original Danish version best, USA remake not as good but Yanks cannot be bothered with 'foreign' stuff so original with sub titles to much like hard work eh? Same equation here really. Originals are always best, after all they are what prompted a remake in the first place.
This is a remake for English speaking audiences of the Norwegian film "In Order of Disppearance" by the original director. The film was set in Kehoe (I have to admit I don't know which country that is in) but it was shot in Canada ,and the Serbian mafia were replaced by native Americans, but otherwise it follows the same plot. The surname of the main character has the same joke on it. I preferred the Norwegian version which I saw first, as the subtle humour was more evident, though they are both played as a straight thriller, the humour comes from the dialogue. The Norwegian one has the advantage of being able to play on cultural differences between the Norwegians, Swedes and Danes as well as between the Scandanavian and the Serb gangsters. This latter translated well into the differences between the newcomers and the natives to the Americas, much like a western.
The whole film starts with a mistake; two friends are taken by gangsters because one of them stole drugs from them. The culprit escapes, so they murder the one they have, unaware that he was innocent. His father, a snow plough driver takes revenge which in turn kicks off a turf war between the two rival drug gangs who had previously agreed to split the territory between them. In both films you get a body count as the deaths mount up, which I thought added to the humour ,unlike one of the reviewers (check out each icon for the cross). The snow plough driver in the original was Stellan Skarsgård and in the remake was Liam Neeson who both portrayed well a gentle family man who normally wouldn't hurt a fly, but takes revenge when his son was wrongly killed. His wife was played by Laura Dern, not Laura Linney.
If you are OK with subtitles then seek out In Order of Disappearance, otherwise this film is an easier watch though I felt it was not quite as good as the original.
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Liam Neeson drops a notch
- Cold Pursuit review by AB
This film is not up to the standard we expect from Liam Neeson. His acting is OK, but the bad guys, particularly the chief bad guy, are just OTT cartoonish characters with no depth. The story - man seeks revenge on the criminals who killed his son - is simple with no nuances or sub-plots. The whole thing is rather disappointing.
I saw the Norwegian original of this film, called 'In Order of Disappearance' and I suggest you watch this - it is better.
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Repetitious revenge movie
- Cold Pursuit review by Alphaville
Why is it that Hollywood remakes of foreign-language films are worse than the originals? Even if they have the same director? Cold Pursuit is a remake of the superior Norwegian film In Order of Disappearance, in which Liam Neeson plays a
snowplough driver who exacts revenge on the gangsters he thinks have killed his son. Even more so than the original, it’s a black comedy that sags through repetition. There are some nice snowscapes along the way, but the black humour and episodic plot, in which new characters appear just to get killed off, has a distancing effect that makes it impossible to care about any of it. With Liam warping into an emotionless serial killer, it soon becomes distasteful. Tom Bateman is a charisma-free chief villain, Laura Linney is wasted as Liam’s wife, the device of listing each new victim on screen after being killed soon palls and the whole film exhibits a complete misjudgement of tone.
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Not a patch on the original!
- Cold Pursuit review by CS
Having seen the original Norwegian version from 2014 called 'In Order of Disappearance', starring Stellen Skarsgard, which is absolutely brilliant in every way. This comes across as nothing more than a slow paced, pale imitation and I'm not quite sure why they even bothered to remake it when the original is so good? The role suits Liam Neeson very well, and the storyline is very good, but unusually for a Neeson film, this is quite slow, I was expecting a hyper pumped up version of the original and whilst the original is slow paced, it is so well done that doesn't really matter, because the original is such a great strong movie. But this was just boring and so slow to the point that a snail could have out run it! If you want to see this film, I strongly recommend you watch the original instead, which is brilliant and far superior to this hollywood remake!
I suppose I was expecting another taken having read the review
But for me was a bit disappointing I found it silly at times but this
One of the reasons I joined this club gives you a chance to see if
You wish to own it and for me it’s a no no not one I shall wish
To see again but worth a watch once ......
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Really good action film
- Cold Pursuit review by JR
Great action and classic revenge storyline., quite gruesome at times but never unnecessary. Extremely good acting from all characters covering the range of tough, violent and funny, but the absolutely outstanding quality of the film is the stunning, breathtaking scenery and the atmosphere captured through brilliant filming