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Norwegian film director, Hans Petter Moland recreates his successful 2014 “In Order of Disappearance”, starring Stellan Skarsgard (“Nils”) with an American version; Liam Neeson (“Nelson”) is a benign snow-plow driver, turned revenge serial killer after his son “Kyle” (Neeson’s real-life son, Michael Redgrave) is mistakenly murdered by egregious drug traffickers; Colorado’s glacial mass and unforgiving, antagonistic, snowbound roads serve as a worthy substitute for the Norwegian Alps.

“Cold Pursuit” is a bleak, resolutely brutal undertaking; periodic moments of inky irony enliven mass annihilation and ugly, graphic slayings; Neeson’s portrayal mutates legitimately from “Man of the Year” to “Vengeful Icon”; justified retribution against “Lords of Iniquity”, especially “Viking” (sleazily sensational Tom Bateman); with each death, a moment of mourning, marked by their name and a cross; Moland’s comic genuflection to the erased.

With minimal variation the film adheres to the original; expressively impressive is young Nicholas Holmes as gifted “Ryan”, the only son of malevolent, degenerate Viking; his scenes with his “kidnapper” Nelson, are heartfelt and indicative of their solid, righteous core; delightfully, Ryan recognizes shades of the “Stockholm Syndrome”.


“Cold Pursuit” is for those inoculated against the bloodthirsty genre;  neophytes risk precipitous fleeing, audible groans, ultimately “eyes wide shut.”





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