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Official Discussion: Cold Pursuit [SPOILERS]

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Summary:

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.

Director:

Hans Petter Moland

Writers:

screenplay by Frank Baldwin

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

Cast:

  • 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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2 points · 8 hours 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.

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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.

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Two words: "Pee-pee teepee."

level 1
3 points · 1 day ago

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

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4 points · 1 day 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
7 points · 1 day ago

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.

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4 points · 2 days ago

Definitely had fun! Lol lol.

Enjoyed it more than I expected to.

A very fun snow plow ride! 😊

level 1
3 points · 3 days ago · edited 1 day 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
0 points · 3 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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1 point · 9 hours ago · edited 9 hours ago

You're entitled to your opinion, but from your points here in your response, you probably do not have this particular type of sense of humor if you think Eskimo wasn't funny or that the Indians weren't funny. This movie is a spoof. The Indians were hilarious and Eskimo has one of the funniest scenes. As said, it's pretty simple- you either get it or you don't. Your sense of humor is probably different so it doesn't strike you as funny, but people who get this type of humor will find it very funny.

The whole movie is a spoof. It's goofy and borderline stupid-humor like Dumb and Dumber, but also more quirky humor like Tarantino and Coens. The tone, style, and ambience is humorous when you think about it, outside of the first half hour or so. This was one of the funniest movies I've seen in years.

level 1

As someone who knew nothing of the film, definitely not what i expected. It is very interesting tho.

level 1
3 points · 4 days ago

I was like... Well that could have been funnier, then the guy went into the plow, and I almost pissed myself

level 1

Most of the theater applauded and cheered during the scene where Viking got hit in the nuts

level 1

pretty damn enjoyable

level 1
3 points · 5 days ago

Fargo 2.

level 1

I kinda wished that this could've been told as a miniseries to expand on some of the characters. At a certain point it felt like characters were introduced and killed within about 5 minutes.

It also just felt like a Fargo One-Off. Kinda wished there was more to do with the bodyguards. Mustang was really enjoyable to watch interact with the kid.

I can't think of a better place to put this, but I was getting pissed with the two guys behind me. One was saying "He just kills the people, dumps them over the falls and it gives a death card, and it repeats." Like yeah bud it's setting a theme/motif. All the deaths were tit-for-tat and eventually got carried away.

Finally the scene where it was revealed that the two bodyguards were in a relationship, they were apparently so disgusted at two men kissing that they walked out of the theater. So fuck them. At least it got quiet after they left.

I just needed to share that story about shitty people.

level 1

Did Laura Dern even have any lines? She was barely in it, they could have gotten anyone to play that role

level 1

I thought a lot of the comedy they were trying felt forced. Like when viking was correcting the eskimo's english. it felt unnatural when eskimo was "mispronouncing" the words. also, i felt it coming and it just wasn't funny at all. they tried so hard to make him racist but it just felt weird to me. also with the wingman's wife, are we supposed to laugh at her because of her accent?, i didn't get it. i also found the kid annoying, him driving the plow wasn't funny. the "reservation" joke also felt forced. a lot of the scenes toward the end made me feel uncomfortable instead of make me laugh, and i was just begging for the movie to end. the tone was all over the place and it wasn't very focused.

level 1

I liked this movie quite a bit, though I've never seen the original. I'm curious to see it now because there are a few things (most notably the Native American gangsters) that feel uniquely American and I'd like to see how it's played in the original.

What I liked: I dig black comedies, so the tone of this really did it for me. The comedy was really tailored to me, I was laughing more at this than I have at a traditional comedy in a while. I'm also a sucker for gangsters with colorful personalities, so I loved things like Viking's diet plan for his son. It's filled with actors I really like. Also I really liked the end credits sequence. Visually, I really like snowy landscapes so there were a lot of shots in this that I thought were really cool.

What I didn't: I liked the smaller "Nels gets revenge one man at a time" half of the movie much more than I liked the "cross-cultural gang turf war" part of the movie. I also wish we got a little more resolution on what happens after the end of the movie. I wish Laura Dern got more to do, her role seemed 1) pretty stupid (being shocked by her son having a facebook) and 2) a waste of her. Finally it might have been my theater, but the first 5-10 minutes were crazy dark on my screen and I couldn't really see anything.

For me its a 3/5 movie. It's flawed, but I enjoyed it a lot in spite of those flaws. It's the first movie I've seen in theaters in a month, and it didn't disappoint. I think this movie is destined to be a great HBO movie, that you can kinda jump into and out of at any point and enjoy yourself.

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