This week while releasing his latest revenge opus, Cold Pursuit, Liam Neeson ignited a controversy over actions he had taken 40 years ago by discarding black communities and random persons being able to pay back the rape of a friend. The journalist's question was probably a natural one, as he always always tries to avenge the worst things that happen to his neighbor in his last 200 films. Look at the list: The Commuter, Run All Night, Unknown, Taken, Taken 2, Taken 3, etc. What about the Neeson of Schindler's List, Kingdom of Heaven, Kinsey and many others happened?
It has become so predictable that Neeson in Daddy's Home 2  parodies his current film career with a fake Christmas movie named Missile Tow. The latest entry in the Neeson Action Canon feels like a parody itself, as it provides for a larger body count than in all the other movies . Viewed as a black comedy, the very violent and darkly funny Vengeance Cold Pursuit is somehow amusing. It is based on a Norwegian film from 2014 by Hans Petter Moland named In Order of Disappearance. Moland has now redrafted it for the English-speaking audience and Neeson followers (the original version of Stellan Skarsgaard), and the new version is less serious.
Neeson plays a Colorado snow plow driver named Nels Coxman (and you can imagine the jokes weaned by that name, happily married to Laura Dern and the father of a grown son.) In his small town of Kehoe, he even becomes a citizen of This idyllic life collapses as his son succumbs to the drug wars between a cartoon cartel in Denver led by Cartoons Viking (Tom Bateman chewing the white Rocky Mountain landscape) and a gang led by a scary White Bull (Tom Jackson) Native American becomes). Coxman's son overdoses the bad guys' hands and sends Dad's marriage into a lifelong strike (Dern is quick in and out of the matter), allowing him to consider suicide if instead the urge arises to find any person with this operation Remotely connected. starting from the bottom and going up quickly (that would be Viking). As he sends each person in a brutally different way, we see him carrying their bodies and throwing them from the same mountain.
Among those trying to figure out what's happening is a policeman played by Emmy Rossum, as if she had just watched Marge Gunderson in Fargo. At each death, a card appears with the name and religion of the deceased. There is even a small subplot detailing two of Viking's henchmen who are having a secret affair to demonstrate the unconventional nature of these practices.
Despite the large cast, this is Neeson's show and although the genre is it, when one gets tired, Moland's treatment is at least different and disrespectful. Neeson plays it straight and his fans should be happy if they turn up after all the bad ads this week. He is the new Charles Bronson, who relived his career after the Vigilante drama Death Wish and became the point of reference for many films. That's the blueprint, and Neeson is, at least until now, the natural successor. Frank Baldwin did the script. Finn Gjerdrum, Stein B. Kave, Michael Shamberg and Ameet Shukla are producers. Lionsgate opens it today. Watch my video review with scenes from the movie.
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