Cold Pursuit [DVD]

A Western, Dark Comedy In The Snow

by OC Movies

8.5

THE QUICK SELL
A grieving snowplow driver seeks out revenge against the drug dealers who killed his son.

RELEASE DATE
24th June 2019

DIRECTED BY
Hans Petter Moland

WRITTEN BY
Frank Baldwin, Kim Fupz Aakeson

Running Time:
1h 59min

 
 

Cold Pursuit is a remake of the 2014 movie Kraftidioten, also known as In Order Of Disappearance, a Norwegian film from writer Kim Fupz Aakeson.

Cold Pursuit is the film that became embroiled in controversy when Liam Neeson was accused of racism after an interview. This caused the film to die a death somewhat, which is a shame.

For Cold Pursuit has lots of guns, punches and blood but it is also a deeply darkly and comedic film in the best tradition of someone like Martin McDonagh. The laughs come out of the darkest places but will make you laugh.

This time we have Liam Neeson (“The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs“, “The Commuter“) as Mr Snow, I mean, Nels Coxman, a snow plough driver in Kehoe, Denver (though the film was shot in Canada).

When Coxman’s son is murdered because he got involved with some drug dealers, Coxman decides to find out what really happened which takes him on an unexpected journey across the snowy mountain ranges.

First, he finds Speedo, Michael Eklund (“Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (TV)”, “West Of Hell”), who is low-down in the drug-dealing ranking. Speedo leads him onto Limbo, Bradley Stryker (“Lost In Space (TV)”, “Land Of Smiles”), who then leads him onto Santa, Michael Adamthwaite (“War For The Planet Of The Apes“, “Warcraft: The Beginning“).

It’s around this time when the big-boss of these men, Trevor “Viking” Colcote, Tom Bateman (“Murder On The Orient Express“, “Snatched”), notices what’s going on and thinks maybe someone is out to get him, they are, but Viking thinks it is his local drug rivals the Native Americans, lead by White Bull, Tom Jackson (“Skinwalkers”, “North Of 60 (TV)”), and so looks there for revenge.

Now Coxman has started an all out war between two, previously peaceful, drug gangs as they attempt to get revenge for killings. Meanwhile two local cops, Aleks Paunovic (“Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (TV)”, “War For The Planet Of The Apes“) and Emmy Rossum (“The Day After Tomorrow”, “Mystic River”) attempt to, slowly and not that interestedly, learn what’s happening in their small, peaceful town.

Unusually for a remake of a foreign film, the same director has taken the helm, Hans Petter Moland. He selects his shots carefully, making the majestic snow-capped mountains feel like another character, the snow all encompassing.

As each character dies, we are treated to a black screen with their name, their “gangster name” and a symbol, some even get their own music to coincide with their demise, it all adds to the black-humour which runs through Cold Pursuit wonderfully.

Neeson and Bateman play their parts well, Neeson we’ve seen in this role a few times now, we know what he’s about. Bateman isn’t someone I’ve come across often but he does well, he doesn’t go so psychopathic that the comedy would feel difficult, but there’s definitely evidence of it though even that has a comedic slant.

I enjoyed Cold Pursuit a lot more than I expected to. It’s well shot and the black humour is right up my street. It’s a shame it became embroiled in something one of its actors said as I feel a lot more people would like the movie given the chance.

Extras are few with just Welcome To Kehoe: Behind The Scenes of Cold Pursuit and the Trailer.

 

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