Aki Kaurismaki once decided to shoot action movie and wrote the screenplay only in 3 days, with a little help of Yorgos Lanthimos and references of Tarantino. It could have been so much better but you had me at "do you know stockholm syndrome" ngehek
For a Liam Neeson revenge picture this is actually a very progressive comedy. Chocked full of laughs and cartoonish violence, sprinkled with interesting plot twists, this isn't the typical Neeson fare we've grown accustomed to and not at all what the trailer presents. This is an interesting film that is worth a watch.
Liam Neeson actioneers are better with slick concepts as opposed to an emphasis on blunt-force. That's why "Non-Stop" was better than "The Commuter," and why "Cold Pursuit" is such a wild, good time at the movies. With a high, creative body-count and strong dashes of Tarantino/Coen brothers-esque absurdity, the film soars as an amalgamation of two tricky genres. Tom Bateman plays a hilariously nasty villain too.
Kill-count, the movie. It’s meant to be a comedy. Also dark. But it isn’t funny or particularly dark. It just falls painfully flat in every aspect, a mess of poorly executed, half-baked ideas that don’t quite get into second gear. It’s like Neeson knew the best thing he could’ve done for the film was come out with some outrageous controversy.
No doubt 'pretentious' is one of the most overused words in just about any critical conversation these days, but it's the most apt to describe "Cold Pursuit" - tone-deaf, with delusions of Coen Brothers-esque grandeur, this is a rote Liam Neeson 'kill-by-numbers' affair that actively snubs its nose at any viewers who may have been looking forward to a rote Liam Neeson 'kill-by-numbers' affair. Could be 2019's worst.
Takes off running with the conceit that we've seen a hell of a lot of revenge thrillers -- and even more starring Liam -- by subverting nearly every trope to be found, and juggling wealth of solid characters with unexpected arcs well. It's also hilariously mean-spirited, betraying the seriousness of its subject matter with Fargo-tier mordant humor. Definitely checking out the original.
Aiming so earnestly for the perches of Tarantino and the Coens, this movie settles for a narrative that is equal parts stale and #rando. Throwing misogynist monologues in as comedic diversions and flashes of ultraviolence as symbolism doesn't make for a solid watch. The pursuit is cold, and it is also hollow.