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Film review: Cold Pursuit

PUBLISHED: 09:06 28 February 2019 | UPDATED: 09:06 28 February 2019

Cold Pursuit (2019). Photo: Mas Films/outnow.ch

Cold Pursuit (2019). Photo: Mas Films/outnow.ch

Mas Films/outnow.ch

Mark Goodin takes on a remake a 2014 Norwegian action comedy.

Cold Pursuit (2019). Photo: Mas Films/outnow.chCold Pursuit (2019). Photo: Mas Films/outnow.ch

Although Hans Petter Moland’s film hits a number of familiar action beats, this blackly comic feature is an entirely different, more complex beast.

A remake of Moland’s own 2015 Norwegian thriller, In Order of Disappearance, the film sees snowplow driver and ‘Citizen of the Year’ Nels Coxman (Neeson) hunting down and killing the gang who murdered his son, unwittingly starting a war between drugs kingpin Trevor ‘Viking’ Calcote (Tom Bateman) and Native American gangster White Bull (Tom Jackson) in the process.

What makes this film stand head and shoulders above other similarly plotted affairs is the director’s unique brand of humour, which punctuates Coxman’s bloody killing spree with such bleakly absurd scenes as gangsters indulging in a snowball fight before a shootout or a member of White Bull’s gang accidentally paragliding into a snow plough.

There is real pathos and melancholy too, with the bitter blood feud between the petulant, psychopathic Viking and the vengeance-driven White Bull serving as a nice contrast to the tongue-in-cheek gags and ultra-violent stand-offs.

Cold Pursuit (2019). Photo: Mas Films/outnow.chCold Pursuit (2019). Photo: Mas Films/outnow.ch

Cold Pursuit is something of a rarity, a remake that is as strong and fresh as the original.

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