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Cold Pursuit - Film Review

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I have a had a life-long love of the arts; enjoying theatre, ballet, art and movies. We are all time poor and have limits to our entertainment budget so I hope an honest review will help make your choices easier.
Published February 8th 2019
An action film filled darkly violent laugh-out-loud comedy

Now I will be honest with you, when I accepted the invite to see Cold Pursuit starring Liam Neeson I didn't even bother to read what it was about or check out the trailer. After all, it was Liam Neeson, and 'pursuit' was in the title. Obviously, there would be an abduction and an honourable father figure hell-bent on rescue. And to be honest, that was fine with me as, much to my son's disgust, I didn't mind the Taken trilogy.

So Cold Pursuit, as I predicted, opened with scenes that painted Nels Coxman (Liam Neeson) as a hard-working family man. Then "gasp".... his son is abducted (I smile, and think I have this review covered). What now!....... In the next scene, the son has been left propped up with a coffee at a cafe. "Is he dead?" was the question, both my friend and I, simultaneously whispered. Yes, he was! Okay, I think to myself, a slight twist, this is not a rescue operation then, but I still have this covered - abduction and murder, then honourable father seeks revenge.

Well, you know what they say about assuming. As the first nervous giggles slip out during the body identification scene, I start to realise this is not Taken.

As Nels Coxman seeks revenge for his son, he is transformed from steady father figure to cold-blooded vigilante. With the killer dead, Coxman now wants the man above him, and him, and him, and him......! Coxman's world begins to spin out of control, and the bodies pile up.

While Neeson stays true to the wounded father routine he is well known for, the rest of the film takes on a bizarre quality as he takes on a crime organisation led by the Viking (Tom Bateman), who thinks his long term partner organisation led by White Bull (Tom Jackson) is responsible for Coxman's body pile; thus a gang war is triggered.

True magic is created by the juxtaposition of Coxman's serious composure against the preposterous characters in the two warring crime organisations. Tom Bateman is hilarious as the drug kingpin Viking; he is cold, calculating and bizarrely obsessed with clean eating. And the play between gangsters, Neeson and Viking's young son Ryan (Nicholas Holmes) is gorgeous.

This film is laugh-out-loud funny, filled with action, drama and darkly violent comedy, thus the MA15+ rating. One warning, this somewhat bizarre storyline may mess with your head as evidenced by my friend's exit from the venue. Firstly, looking somewhat like a clumsy penguin, she walked down an up escalator. Then spent two minutes scrambling through her handbag, bemoaning the loss of her car keys all while holding them in her hand and unlocking the car. Like I said, an evening filled with laugh-out-loud and slightly bizarre moments
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Why? Laugh-out-loud action
When: February
Where: Cinemas
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