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Cold Pursuit  (DVD)


Stars: Liam Neeson, Laura Dern, Tom Bateman, Emmy Rossum, William Forsythe, Tom Jackson

Director: Hans Petter Moland

Even though it's made by the same director, this is a much inferior remake of a Scandinavian thriller from 2014, played considerably more broadly for comedy, even as its body count mounts.

Neeson does give it a little clout in the role created by Stellan Skarsgard, as the snowplough driver from the snowy wilds of Colorado, whose son (Micheal Richardson) becomes involved with drug-running gangsters who kill him and leave his body on the snow-covered highway.

Neeson, whose wife (Dern) is soon to leave him, is about to commit suicide when a chance encounter puts him on the track of one of the hoodlums involved. Improbably, he dispatches the killers one by one, their names appearing on screen with a symbol of their religion as they are crossed off Neeson's list - a device repeated from the original film, whose director this time allows far too much room for some wild supporting acting, to undercut the thriller side of a film whose cartoon violence becomes monotonous long before the end.

David Quinlan

USA/UK/Canada/Norway 2019. UK Distributor: Studio Canal. Colour.
113 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: 15.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 1, Violence/Horror 2, Drugs 1, Swearing 1.

Review date: 25 Jun 2019