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Cold Pursuit

also known as “Dermesztő hajsza,” “Hard Powder,” “Karstas kraujas,” “Sang froid,” “Un uomo tranquillo,” “Venganza bajo cero,” “Vingança a Sangue Frio,” “Vingança Perfeita,” «Снегоуборщик», «Студено отмъщение»
MPAA Rating: R-Rating (MPAA) for strong violence, drug material, and some language including sexual references.
Not Recommended
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
• Adults • Young-Adults
Genre:
Action Thriller Remake
Length:
1 hr. 58 min.
Year of Release:
2019
USA Release:
February 8, 2019 (wide—2,630 theaters)
DVD: May 14, 2019
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FILM VIOLENCE—How does viewing violence in movies affect families? Answer

Drug dealers

Murder

Loss of a son

Seeking personal revenge

Justice

Justice of God

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Featuring: Liam NeesonNels Coxman
Laura DernGrace Coxman
Emmy RossumDetective
Tom BatemanViking
Julia Jones
Domenick LombardozziMustang
William ForsytheBrock “Wingman” Coxman
Elysia RotaruDiner Waitress
John DomanGip
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Director: Hans Petter Moland
Producer: Paradox Films [England]
StudioCanal [England]
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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “Quiet family man and hard-working snowplow driver Nels is the lifeblood of a glitzy resort town in the Rocky Mountains because he is the one who keeps the winter roads clear. He and his wife live in a comfortable cabin away from the tourists. The town has just awarded him ‘Citizen of the Year.’ But Nels has to leave his quiet mountain life when his son is murdered by a powerful drug lord.

As a man who has nothing to lose he is stoked by a drive for vengeance. This unlikely hero uses his hunting skills and transforms from an ordinary man into a skilled killer as he sets out to dismantle the cartel. Nels' actions ignite a turf war between a manically unpredictable gangster known as Viking and a rival gang boss. Justice is served in one final spectacular confrontation that will leave (almost) no one unscathed.

This movie is based on the 2014 Norwegian film IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE.”

  • Violence: Very Heavy to Extreme
  • Profane language: Heavy— • “J*sus Chr*st” (2) • “Oh J*sus” • “G*d d*mn” ((8) • “G*d” (2) • “H*ll” (5)
  • Vulgar/Crude language: Heavy
  • Sex/Nudity: Heavy

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Secular Movie Critics
…clumsy remake… The stupidity lacks smarts in the script department, and the joke, such as it is, wears thin, then turns sour. …
Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal
…at the end of the day “Cold Pursuit” feels like a case of cinematic bait and switch. It may present itself as a Neeson action vehicle, but it’s actually a classically Scandinavian exercise in the blackest of black humor, a nihilistic work that has more in common with art-house successes like “Under the Tree” and “Rams” than a brawny blockbuster. …
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
…soulless… Liam Neeson blows snow, while movie itself just blows chunks… “Cold Pursuit” has enough of its own facetiousness for a dozen jokey Tarantino-knockoff carnage festivals. …
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
…It all feels arbitrary and aimless…
Barry Hertz, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
…an excellent film. …satirical caper… stark and refreshing, like taking an icy swim with the Polar Bear Club. A jolt. …the story cleverly subverts your expectations every snowy step of the way. …
Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post
…“Cold Pursuit” is “Taken” in the winter, but with a meaner streak of laughs… Flaws and all, “Cold Pursuit” is a gleefully violent good time. Moland’s movie is silly but sharp, with barbs drawing blood despite a story that we’ve seen before. …
Kimber Myers, The Playlist
…In the crisp winter air, Liam Neeson makes revenge a riot… brutally funny… “Cold Pursuit” is one fantastically hot mess of a movie. [3½]
Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
…As the corpses pile up on every side of the law, it reminds me more of those nasty, sometimes laughable Charles Bronson genre vehicles from the 1980s, buried under 50 feet of snow. …
Rex Reed, The New York Observer
…The script has a wry sense of humor but is almost never laugh-out-loud funny, and the gory substance of the plot regularly overwhelms the delicate notes of parody. …
David Sims, The Atlantic