Over the last couple of decades it seems that Liam Neeson is in every family revenge style movie that has been hitting the big screen. With three different Taken movies, each getting less popular as they debuted, you’d think that they would get the idea that that character arc is getting a bit over done and has run its course. But instead, this week another version of this film format is coming to theaters with Cold Pursuit.
Similar to the Taken movies, Cold Pursuit puts Neeson in the role of the parent who is out to get the bad guys who have hurt someone in his family. But unlike the other movies, this time his son is killed off in the film pretty quickly and his wife, who is barely used as even a plot device just leaves him alone after their loss. Her departure is barely a blip in the story for the main character, or even the people in their town. The Neeson’s character Coxman continues to hunt down those responsible for the death of his son. In this film, Neeson attempts everything from murder, to beating men and struggles due to his age. It seems like they’re trying to show what an older man may actually deal with if he went on this revenge trip to avenge the death of a loved on.
The story puts Coxman in the middle of a battle between two large drug cartels who are in this small tourist destination area. The criminals have weird nicknames like Speedo, Limbo, Santa and the Eskimo which is almost laugh worthy enough. And throughout the movie the film breaks for each death to give them a death card on the screen. With truly unlikeable characters but for all the wrong reasons, and moments that create awkward laughs throughout the film – it was hard to stay engaged with the movie.
The first half of the film relies on background noises to move parts of the movie along, while the second brings in music and sound track. With the odd characters, weird scenes and more the movie just leaves you with more than a few questions when you leave the theater. The most impressive part of the movie is the death count that it wracks up and the end credits that bills the cast in the order they disappear throughout the film.
Watch the trailer for Cold Pursuit:
An action thriller infused with irreverent humor, Liam Neeson stars as Nels Coxman, a family man whose quiet life with his wife (Laura Dern) is upended following the mysterious death of their son. Nels’ search for justice turns into a vengeful hunt for Viking (Tom Bateman), a drug lord he believes is connected to the death. As one by one each of Viking’s associates “disappear,” Nels goes from upstanding citizen to ice-cold vigilante, letting nothing – and no one – get in his way. Directed by Hans Petter Moland. (LIONSGATE) This film is not yet rated.