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Cold Pursuit
酷 寒 杀 手

Opening Date
21 Feb 2019
NC16 Violence and some drug references
119 mins
English with Chinese subtitles
Action, Drama, Thriller
Hans Petter Moland
Liam Neeson, Laura Dern, Emmy Rossum, Tom Bateman, Tom Jackson
Welcome to Kehoe, it’s -10 degrees and counting at this glitzy ski resort in the Rocky Mountains. The local police aren’t used to much action until the son of unassuming town snowplough driver, Nels Coxman (Academy Award nominee Liam Neeson), is murdered at the order of Viking (Tom Bateman), a flamboyant drug lord. Fueled by rage and armed with heavy machinery, Nels sets out to dismantle the cartel one man at a time, but his understanding of murder comes mainly from what he read in a crime novel. As the bodies pile up, his actions ignite a turf war between Viking and his long-standing rival White Bull (Tom Jackson), a soulful Native-American mafia boss, that will quickly escalate and turn the small town’s bright white slopes blood-red.
By Thompson Wong  21 Feb 2019
Liam Neeson's last action film is a fresh take on the revenge genre.
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Yes, Liam Neeson is starring again in yet another ‘Dadsploitation’ film. No, he doesn’t have a special set of skills this time. In fact, in his new role as Nels Coxman, a snowplow driver and respected citizen in snowy small-town Kehoe, Colorado, he has never hurt anyone before, until his son is murdered, purported at the hands of a drug syndicate.

In this remake of the 2014 film In Order of Disappearance, Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland (who also directed the original) shakes up the standard-issue vengeance film plot and evolves it into a refreshingly self-conscious, dryly funny depiction of violence. 

The violence is initially bloody and graphic – Moland does not shy away from the deaths, and there are many. As a marker for each, Moland cuts to a tombstone-like screen with the deceased’s name and nickname. This symbol is meant to be solemn, but becomes a bit more light-hearted as the bodies pile up. In the movie’s later half, Moland eventually cuts to them without showing a character’s death, suggesting an abundance of deaths beyond the movie’s ability to keep up. 

In another inspired move, the focus on supporting roles is a fresh take that differs from the usual go-it-alone protagonist style in similar films. Apart from main drug lord and villain Viking (Tom Bateman), whose motives are fully fleshed out, all the other characters also receive significant turns in the spotlight. Neeson’s presence doesn’t loom as large compared to a standard revenge flick. 

According to Neeson, this is his last action role. Unfortunately, as has been widely known, the actor caused a furore during the promotion around the film’s release by sharing an ill-received, racist anecdote about looking for a black man to beat up because a black man had raped his friend. With that aside, the film, viewed in isolation, is certainly worth the price of admission.
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