In Liam Neeson's latest, he stars in another thriller as a character seeking revenge.
However, "Cold Pursuit" is actually much more unusual than the rest of his recent filmography (i.e., the "Taken" trilogy). Yes, he does go on a murderous rampage of revenge, but "Cold Pursuit" gives us a more layered plot along with some dark comedy that makes the film much more humorous than you'd think.
Neeson plays Nels Coxman, a snow-plow driver who seemingly lives peacefully with his wife in a remote cabin. However, when he discovers that his son was murdered at the hands of vicious drug dealers, things change.
He discovers the name of the man who killed his son and goes out on an anger-fueled rampage, killing those who were even slightly involved.
Meanwhile, the head of the cartel in the Rocky Mountains, named Viking, attempts to stop Coxman before he finally gets to the last piece of the puzzle.
There is much more than meets the eye with "Cold Pursuit" though. If you watch the trailer, you'll think it's just about another angry, middle-aged man who attempts to extract his revenge. Throughout the runtime, though, we get to meet multiple characters that are interconnected with the main storyline.
Not all of the antagonists are completely malicious, and not all the good guys are all that moral either. Not only are there plenty of amusing murder scenes, there's a very detailed and story-driven plot to follow along with it.
The writer took the bold option of making "Cold Pursuit" a dark comedy. Almost every kill in the film is oddly laughable. It's almost like watching a Quentin Tarantino movie (think "Django Unchained" or "Pulp Fiction"), in which the absurdity of the violence can actually be funny. It's easy to make violent movies that are also entertaining, but making despicable acts humorous is on another level of talent.
Most importantly, though, it's a complete blast from start to finish. There is never a dull moment, never a lame murder scene and never an uninteresting character.
With all of the emotionally heavy dramas that are made as a result of our current times, it's nice to see a very well-made film that has one sole purpose -- to entertain. That's exactly what "Cold Pursuit" does.
Best kill: Motel scene
Best character (besides Liam Neeson's): John 'Gip' Gipsky