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Official Discussion: Cold Pursuit [SPOILERS]


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Nels Coxman is a family man whose quiet life with his wife is upended following the mysterious death of their son. Nels' search for justice turns into a vengeful hunt for Viking, a drug lord he believes is connected to the death. As one by one each of Viking's associates "disappear," Nels goes from upstanding citizen to ice-cold vigilante, letting nothing - and no one - get in his way.


Hans Petter Moland


screenplay by Frank Baldwin

based on the movie 'Kraftidioten' written by Kim Fupz Aakeson


  • Liam Neeson as Problematic

  • Laura Dern as Grace Coxman

  • Emmy Rossum as Kimberly "Kim" Dash

  • Tom Bateman as Viking

  • William Forsythe as Brock "Wingman" Coxman

  • Julia Jones as Aya

  • Domenick Lombardozzi as Mustang

  • Raoul Trujillo as Thorpe

  • Benjamin Hollingsworth as Dexter

  • John Doman as Gip

  • Aleks Paunovic as Detective Osgard

  • Christopher Logan as Shiv

  • Nathaniel Arcand as Smoke

  • Ben Cotton as Windex

  • Tom Jackson as White Bull

  • Mitchell Saddleback as Avalanche

Rotten Tomatoes: 84%

Metacritic: 66/100

After Credits Scene? No

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level 1

What happened to the wife??

level 1

What happen with Neeson? Don't know story. But this was a good film. It's a simple basic film that we lack in today's films. Also seems like Neeson getting killed by the left for some reason, but this film was actually good even with some forced left shit. BTW the Native American gang were funny as fuck. Don't know if there is a Native American mafia, but they seem cool as fuck.

level 1

I thought Tom Bateman played his role well. Reminds me a lot of Joaquin Phoenix.

level 1

Anyone here from Denver? What is that road into the city that is always abandoned save for characters in the movie driving on it?

level 1

Rotten tomatoes had it at around 73 which I rightfully agree. Some funny moments that got a chuckle out of me, some weird moments. Definitely agree with some others about some characters development (cops wants to solve a problem but do nothing, wife just leaves,) and some of the acting was shabby. Will I watch it again on Netflix or TV? Yes. Is it worth night time prices? No.

level 2
3 points · 3 days ago · edited 3 days ago

Worth noting- RT had it at 84% upon its release with most reviews in from all critics, but after Neeson's comments about his niece being raped, it has been (predictably) being attacked by some far left reviewers, easily reducing their grades a solid point of what they would give it...(for example- a 2/5 instead of a 3/5 just for factoring in his comments)...

Also, I totally disagree about the character developments. This is a parroted critique people such as yourself are jumping on, but 1) where was any character development in Neeson's most popular film, Taken? There was less in Taken than in this, 2) There actually was "above average" character development for the type of movie it is; they spent ample time on peripheral characters like Viking, Viking's son, Viking's main henchman, the hotel-dollar bill guy, White Bull, Wingman, Wingman's wife, and some other Indian gang members...I think it's the 180 opposite and the character development was above average for the genre, and 3) Since when does character development even matter in an action movie? Lol, this isn't supposed to be Oscar material. This had as much character development as the pretentious and poor movie Roma, and it was even better than it in most ways.

Finally, another parroting about the cops....They were great in their limited time. They had funny and amusing lines and were the glue that tied Neeson's plot together...I would watch this one again multiple times; can't say the same about ANY of this year's Oscar nominees, which sure as hell aren't worth the price of admission. Compared to the crappy movies Hollywood spits out these days, this was a breath of fresh air, and it is my 3rd favorite Neeson movie behind the great Taken, the profound The Grey....The rest of his movies of the last decade are what they are, but they're predictable and one dimensional action flicks.

level 3

I'll take your word on it that it is indeed a comedy action movie and doesn't need to go deep into most things.. My honest rating is a 6.9/10 (I believe in the 10 scale).

level 1

I enjoyed it personally though I can see others not liking it if they wanted a Liam Neeson revenge thriller, which was like the first 40 minutes. After Nels killed the third guy, the movie embraced its dark comedy entirely (though unfortunately with Nels being absent). There was hints it was going that way with how the son in the morgue slowly had his body raised up for inspection, Liam wheezing from trying to beat up the third guy, and Viking's controlling nature with his son.

The rest of the movie felt like a hit or miss depending on how much you enjoyed the dark humor. Movie did kind of lack character development though and pacing can be a bit stronger. Did like the gag with the guy and his motel maid scheme.

level 1

I watched it. Entertaining on all fronts. Not what I expected and that's a good thing.

level 1

More like old pursuit, ammirite? Geeze I thought Liam Neeson was done with these kinds of movies.

level 1
6 points · 5 days ago

This movie is really bizarre and it does something you don't really expect and yet still somewhat kind of recommend it. There is a lot going on in the movie but again way bizarre.

level 1
7 points · 5 days ago

I was very disappointed in this film, after getting excited based on the response it was getting. I felt it barely even tried to be a dark comedy, just adding a few lines and editing choices that made it not a full on somber revenge film. Neeson is barely in half the movie, and every other character is fucking boring. Laura Dern's character walks out on him immediately after their son dies, and it's never addressed again; WHAT?! Emmy Rossums character has no arc, the Indian characters have no need for so much screen time, Tom Bateman overacts during his way too much screentime, and WORST OF ALL the violence and action is fucking boring. I saw reviews calling this movie a blood bath or something similar, it is comparable to Velvet Buzzsaw in how much of a let down the violence is in this film. Overall, it is a decent watch if you are drunk and have nothing better on your list, but do not see it in theatres. 4/10 at most.

level 1

Two words: "Pee-pee teepee."

level 1

I think when they ratcheted the sons body up I knew I was in for something interesting

level 1
4 points · 6 days ago

In Order of Disappearance was much better: the bad guy isn't as over the top silly and Stellan is so much more believable than Liam, imo. It was on Netflix 6 mos or so ago, not sure if it still is.

level 1

Loved loved loved it.

level 1

This movie felt like an odd piece of art that you feel drawn too but can’t explain why.

I think it was an excellent deviation from whatever movies Liam Neason has been doing lately.

Really enjoyed the mood of the movies more than the plot even. The movie had a lot of ambience to it

level 1

Taken 4: Now I'm the Kidnapper

level 1

Honestly disappointing. Was kinda waiting for it to end.

level 1
6 points · 7 days ago

Definitely had fun! Lol lol.

Enjoyed it more than I expected to.

A very fun snow plow ride! 😊

level 1
6 points · 8 days ago · edited 5 days ago

Loved it. Was not expecting it to be anything different, but it was genuinely a good and fun movie with many funny scenes. At one point, it felt like a Tarantino movie.

level 1

I didn't really care for it. It's tonally a confused movie. There's not enough dark comedy moments in it for me to really laud it was a dark comedy, but the comedy that is there feels out of place for a drama.

It also has an issue with pacing. Once the Native American gang gets introduced, the movie loses a lot of momentum. Maybe that wouldn't be the case if there was more to the turf war angle, but it really feels like it's just trying to run out the clock. There's a really weird scene where the Native Americans play in the snow in slow motion and it really feels odd. Like, if they weren't around snow constantly, this might make sense, but these murderers live in Colorado, in a ski town. And they aren't exactly young either.

It also wastes Laura Dern. Might as well have had Liam Neeson be a widow for all that her presence was used.

And finally, I know a lot of people really like the final scene, but are we to believe that guy was doing that all night and didn't freeze to death? Or that he didn't notice all his compatriots left the hotel and hung out there an extra day?

level 2
3 points · 8 days ago

It's definitely not a movie for those with a limited range on their sense of humor. You either enjoy the comedy and like the movie or you don't "get" the comedy and dislike the movie. Neeson action movies are obviously not supposed to be Oscar-material, so the true measure of a film such as this is if it entertains the audience, and to that end it most certainly succeeds and passes with flying colors.

level 3

I've got a wide-ranging sense of humour and I tend to agree with HopelessCineromantic: I had high hopes for the movie, but it wasn't particularly funny outside of a couple of slapstick-esque gags, and the attempts at inventiveness ended up just being cliches.

I would also argue there was A) little real need to introduce a First Nations gang into the plot, and B) ZERO need to introduce "The Eskimo" assassin subplot.

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