Cold Pursuit (2019)
Who’s In It: Liam Neeson, Laura Dern, Emmy Rossum, William Forsythe, Tom Bateman
Who Directed It: Hans Petter Moland
A grieving snowplow driver seeks out revenge against the drug dealers who killed his son. Based on the 2014 Norwegian film ‘In Order of Disappearance’.
Running Time: 119 Minutes
IMDB Score: 6.2
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics 70% Audience 51%
Why I Watched It: Liam Neeson? It was billed as an action movie.
How I Watched It: iTunes and in my defense it was on sale for .99 cents.
Random Thoughts: I have to say I’m a bit tired of Liam Neeson in action movies, he’s drained the well that was Taken and although he’s made some good to alright films I think he’s hitting the bottom at this point and to use the old saying he’s not getting any younger.
What I Liked: I HATED THIS MOVIE
Alright let me calm down, I promise no more CAPS for the rest of the review, there’s movies that I don’t like, some I dislike and there’s a few that piss me off so much I end up hating the film and yes I’m writing this in the positive part of the review. I’ll admit this is a personal thing, I’ve seen much worse but for whatever reason this rubbed me the wrong way.
I made this set up and I’ll follow it, I liked one thing about this movie and that is the great William Forsythe, he managed to kind of wring out a real character and give a good performance. Sadly he’s barely in it. I did like how cold it looked, the snow looked great.
What I Disliked: Or in this movie’s case what I hated, this is the kind of movie where it’s quirky for quirky sake, they take quirky over a real plot, real characters and anything that makes sense. Every scene, every character that pops up is quirky and they put up a black title card every time someone is killed and it gets to the point that you realize they introduce characters just so they can put up a card.
Nothing is thought out, they do nothing to explain anything this whole film is without context. It hops from one scene to the next without caring about setting things up, they jump from plot point to plot point and it’s in service of quirk. No character seems real, the set up is Neeson’s son is murdered, now he’s married to Laura Dern, who is wasted in this by the way, and she leaves him at one point, without saying anything and ok maybe that could work but we know nothing about them, we knew nothing about their relationship with their son, no context and without that I don’t care.
This movie does another thing I don’t like, they throw so many characters and sub plots and nothing pays off, the police sub plot with Emmy Rossum is hard to watch. Also the film goes pretty low with racial jokes about native Americans and women, it’s also mean spirited and very not funny.
Now I don’t like picking on actors but I will say if I think they gave a bad performance and I have to spotlight Tom Bateman who plays the head bad guy and he gives what I can only say is a fingernails on a blackboard performance, he’s so over the top and vile that he never seemed like a real person, and he might win the quirk award cause I think they gave him 234 quirks.
This is also the type of movie that never lets anything breath if they set something up it happens in the very next scene.
Final Thoughts: This might have worked if they had some heart and soul, if they let the characters breath and you know actually wrote them as people. I didn’t mention Neeson, he was alright but in closing it’s not much of an action film, it’s more of a very unfunny and classless black comedy.