Liam Neeson takes a comedic turn in Cold Pursuitby Russell Baillie
Liam Neeson makes up for his lack of chuckles in a comedy with snowploughs.
The remake is just as violent if managing to be both dumber and more complicated than the original. The tone slaloms, sometimes wildly, from scene to scene. Its mounting convolutions become a subplot avalanche risk – especially when Neeson’s amateur assassin sparks a war between two drug mobs. One is a Denver pack led by neat-freak psycho “Viking” (Tom Bateman), the other an equally ruthless group of Native Americans.
Judged as a remake, it’s no improvement on the taut mix of mirth and menace in the original. But judged against its leading man’s previous mad-dad movies, it’s an amusing left turn and if, as reported, it is indeed Neeson’s final action foray, it’s not a bad last stand.
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This article was first published in the February 16, 2019 issue of the New Zealand Listener.
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