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Short summary

A grieving snowplow driver seeks out revenge against the drug dealers who killed his son. Based on the 2014 Norwegian film 'In Order of Disappearance'.
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.

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In early 2017, the film was refused a permit to shoot in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. The explanation given was that Parks Canada objected to the antagonist of the film being an aboriginal Canadian. Even the actor playing the role, popular aboriginal Canadian Tom Jackson, could not sway the government agency's opinion, and the production was moved out of the park.

Liam Neeson has stated this will be his final action movie role.

Hans Petter Moland directed the original Kraftidioten (2014), and returned to direct this remake.

The film is a remake of Kraftidioten (2014).

In the movie, a character discusses giving a review of a hotel on "Yelp". In the UK trailer, he says instead "TripAdvisor ; which is a similar organisation, but in the UK it is much better known than Yelp. However, in the UK theatrical release, he still says "Yelp".

Filmed in March 2017, but not released until February 2019.

The movie was moved to Fortress Mountain in Alberta and then on to Cranbrook, Fernie and Vancouver B.C. for filming.

One of the characters in the movie makes fun of the sexual nature of Nels Coxman's name. In the original Norwegian film of which this is a remake, the main character is called Nils Dickman.

The New York premiere for the movie was canceled after Neeson made controversial remarks in an interview to promote it. On the movie's theme of revenge and how it can consume somebody, he said that he had once spent a week looking for a random black man to kill, in revenge for the rape of a friend by a black man.

Domenick Lombardozzi and John Doman both starred on Blake (2002)

Body count: 25.

User reviews

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    • Author: MarF
    There were social media movements to boycott the movie due to Liam Neeson's comments about what he did 40 years ago after his friend was raped. Two of my workmates decided not to support his movies anymore.

    This doesn't make sense to me because Liam Neeson wasnt "exposed" - it wasn't dug up by someone else. He personally related the story in the context of saying why those thoughts are destructive and wrong.

    But their decision, their loss.

    About the movie...

    It's certainly not what I expected but as other reviews have said, once you understand what they were going for it becomes very enjoyable. Don't expect Taken 4 (or many did they make?) - It's more like Fargo. If you liked the movie or the TV show, this is right up your alley.
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    • Author: Cildorais
    This film was not what I was expecting but once I understood and came to grips with the fact it was a dark comedy, in a Fargo-esque sort of way, and a parody of revenge killing films, rather than meant to be taken seriously other than for its beautiful absurdity, I started to really enjoy it.

    The whole movie was fun escapism with gratuitous violence, and hyper-exaggerated cliché portrayals of Native Americans, crime bosses and average men being local heroes, etc. Not to mention an exponentially growing kill tally. What is not to love?

    It was a special treat for those of us that live in Denver, as although much of the movie was supposed to take place here, none of the neighborhoods, architecture, streets, buildings, trees, landscaping, mountain ranges, etc. matched anything close to what really exists in Denver. I spent the entire movie looking for something I could place as actually being in Denver, but I came up empty. Instead, a totally fictitious version thereof was portrayed (too surreal to match any actual city I am aware of, but closer to a blend of the more affluent parts of Los Angeles and Vancouver than Denver, with world class architecture and night clubs) which fit in perfectly with the artfully crafted alternative universe intended to be created. Like the bizarre relationships between the characters, I slowly began to realize that what first appeared to be a sloppy annoyance was in fact an intentional critique of the genre and actually a quite clever game with the audience.

    Many will undoubtedly knock this film for being unrealistic, absurd, over the top, culturally insensitive, and with settings that did not match named cities (at least those such as Denver that actually exist). Those people just failed to see that was the entire point. You shouldn't go in expecting to see realism, complex character development, suspense and drama, or something akin to Taken. Instead, go in expecting to see a dark comedy parody film. Think Fargo meets Peppermint, with a wink to Quentin Tarantino in honor of his impact on modern cinema.
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    • Author: Magis
    One of the best times at the movies in quite a while. Had no idea this movie had been released, and went to the theatre today to catch "Glass" before it left. However, I was a bit too late for that one and noticed the new Neeson movie.

    Theatre was surprisingly quite full and the crowd obviously had a good time. "Cold Pursuit" is a semi-serious thriller that is in a way a sort of spoof of past Neeson flicks and the genre. A lot of dark humor here, and the movie almost goes off the rails with it by the end. One movie that comes to mind is "In Bruge", where the violence is very much a part of the humor. Smart, funny, and dark..with a touch of class to boot. A slight nod to past Coen Brothers' films I think as well - at least in feel and atmosphere.

    Many deaths here, not always on camera, and the movie even does you a favor of tallying it up for you in a funny way. (note the religious symbols with each death card)

    Liam is billed as the star, of course, and events surrounding him obviously serve as a catalyst to what unfolds along the way. However, this movie is not all about him being front and center as his typical past thrillers have been. Really great cast here and the scenery is cast member in its own right.

    The two flaws in the movie, in my opinion, was not fully realizing the story of the two cops played by Emmy Rossum and John Dorman, especially Rossum. Also, the movie ultimately seems to lose track a bit on event that set everything in motion - Coxman's (Neeson) murdered son.

    Still, the movie's end was pretty satisfying nonetheless. Definitely as must see for fans of Neeson and dark humor.
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    • Author: Ochach
    Liam is better than ever!! Definitely a great movie. Suspenseful and keeps you on the edge of your seat!!
  • comment
    • Author: Shalinrad
    I was expecting the typical Neeson flick which I love, Laim Neeson, Keanu Reeves with John Wick there are not many of those old type action guys still around making good movies, luckly Laim Neeson is one who does. This is a good mix of comedy and action, I found all the actors in this did a great job. The whole cast brought this flick together, led of course by the man of action Neeson. Just go in kick back and get ready to lose a few hours with some enjoyment watching this flick.
  • comment
    • Author: Gaxaisvem
    Entertaining on all fronts. Not what I expected and that's a good thing.
  • comment
    • Author: Gugrel
    Went to see a popcorn flick. Laughed out loud at the Fargo style humor. I want to drive my car into a chandelier Persian carpet style garage. Loved the credits. Very different. Macabe. It's really dark. Not your typical Liam Neeson flick.
  • comment
    • Author: September
    No over showoff for hero,Not too powerful villain, its a genuine revenge movie.well directed.
  • comment
    • Author: Gavidor
    Liam Neeson has the kind of no nonsense persona that is called for here. He's just a pleasure to imagine in dangerous situations, and in this story he's aided by some of the most palpable supporting performances I've seen lately. Some of my favorites were Tom Jackson as White Bull, Tom Bateman as Viking, Emmy Rossum as Kim, Julia Jones as the wife and I could go on, all these people and more are a delight and give the movie flavor and texture.

    I found this film as entertaining as any I've seen lately. I understand it's a remake of a foreign film, well, they've done a great job Americanizing it. It falls slighltly apart bu the end but by then it's earned a pass.
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    • Author: Renthadral
    Who wants to play a game of "Who is Comfortable Enough with Their Sense of Humor to be the First One to Laugh?" Cold Pursuit masquerades as an action/drama when it is actually a very dark comedy; and that's the point. It doesn't pander to those who don't get it (which I have to admit was me from time to time). Each character is deep, vibrant, (funny) and pivotal in some way and Neason's character conveys a simplicity that keeps you grounded through his adventure. You'll have a great time if you go into this movie with no expectations and inhibitions freed. This movie is a low and slow boil that is all about the journey and not the destination. My one criticism would have to be a pacing issue in the second act- but that's a bit knit-picky. This movie is exactly what it's trying to be.
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    • Author: Zulkigis
    When this movie first came out it had an 86/100 on Rotten Tomatoes and about a 67 on Metacritic, both very good critics' consensus scores, but after Neeson's remarks about how he felt about forty years ago after his niece was raped, the media and SJQ crowd and critics came pouring in and really downvoted the total scores. It's still in the "good" range, but critics are clearly judging it while being offended by Neeson's comments, rather than the movie itself.

    Now, to the movie. First off, this is not what you would expect. Most people will go into viewing this looking for the usual, overdone, redundant, repetitive, Neeson revenge flick that has been coming out about every January for the past ten years. For avid fans of those films (recent entries include A Walk Among the Tombstones, The Commuter, Taken 3, etc), you will probably be a little disappointed. However, for people who are expecting that and yet not looking forward to the same old conventional (and therefore boring, predictable) black and white plot, you will probably be pleasantly surprised.

    Personally, I have not been a fan of any Neeson action-genre movies of the past five years. They're decent, but nothing special. The last Neeson action movie I truly enjoyed was the Grey (which also had a surprised tone to it- that one being philosophical), and I am still a fan of the original Taken movie. So when I went into viewing Cold Pursuit, after reading a few reviews and seeing the previews, I had it pegged as a conventional revenge-action film in the snow. I saw a couple of mentions of "humor and comedy", but I really didn't and couldn't believe it would be anything substantial or noteworthy; I thought maybe like a Schwarzenegger movie with a couple of one liners, and that would be it.

    So here is my review of Cold Pursuit. If you enjoy comedies, dark comedies, and style, then you are probably going to like this movie. If you are inclined to be a fan of Tarantino or the Coen Brothers's Fargo, then you will probably enjoy this movie. The reason why is because this movie is a spoof and a subversion of the expected Neeson-action movie.

    There was one moment early on that really marked its devolution into comedy, and at first it didn't seem like much, but it signified and foreshadowed where the rest of the movie was going. This was when the radio asks "who is the best Denver Quarterback of all-time, Elway or Manning?", and the screen goes black and you hear Neeson saw "Elway"....Interesting, right? Well, the next victim he finds, before he decided to shoot him with his sawed off shotgun, he asks him, "Elway or Manning, who's the best QB?" The bad guy responds, Neeson, agrees, and then shoots him anyway. Most of the material for the first half hour prior to this moment made it seem like it was a standard revenge movie, but this was the first really confusing and subtle hint at comedy. Still, what comes beyond that is even far more comical.

    We are introduced to a gang of Indians lead by their mafia leader, White Bull, who operate a drug ring in the Denver region, a white mafia henchman to their ringleader named Viking, who has an unusual way of seducing hotel maids, other henchmen with hidden sexual identities, an Afro-American assassin who hates the music that is playing as he is being smuggled into the city to do his service only for the driver to change the channel into "Barbie Girl in a Barbie World", a hardened Asian wife who commands her gang member husband and is in her own eccentric world, amusing mono y mono faceoffs and dialogue between gang members, edited in recognition of casualty names and religious symbols as if to give them a sendoff and acknowledgement, and a completely bizarre ending and final five minutes that in hindsight is absolutely hilarious (when it first happens you'll be confused and not sure of what you think but it will draw a laugh). Lots of this won't make sense to anyone who hasn't seen the movie, but those who have will know what this refers to.

    Bottom line: if you just want some fun entertainment for a couple of hours full of action, suspense and surprisingly comical and genuinely funny material, then Cold Pursuit is for you. Go in expecting "Taken on Slopes". leave satisfied at the Tarantino-esque dialogue and editing, and Dumb and Dumber-type comedy.
  • comment
    • Author: Ieslyaenn
    Saw a lot of older people who probably were expecting a movie like Taken where drug dealers get taken down and killed by a dad out for vengeance. Beware, it's not the movie you think it is. The trailer basically committed some of the most blatant fraud I've seen in Hollywood, ever. Once I knew what I was getting into, the movie got very enjoyable. For people expecting a typical revenge movie, they were probably very, very unhappy.

    I will probably buy this movie when it comes out, simply because it deserves it. I can rewatch this a few more times. Yes, some things were predictable, but I think much of it was intentional, right down to Liam Neeson's casting and his reputation. It's a satire of these sorts of action movies.

    I actually think this movie is deserving of a Best Movie nomination but I know that will never happen. It was very well-done, kudos to the people who made the film. Very original. Yes, I know this was based on a foreign movie that is a few years old, thank you.
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    • Author: lucky kitten
    I was expecting a thriller like the "Taken" movies. But no, it was not. It was funny and sarcastic but still totally entertaining. Something a mix of Deadpool and " things to do in Denver when you are dead'
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    • Author: Kanek
    Cold Pursuit is an intense, blackly funny action drama!

    It has got great action sequences, a tinge of dark humor and an unconventional revenge story.

    If you're a fan of the action genre, I'd recommend you this beautifully shot Liam Neeson actioner.

    Cold Pursuit is unlike a typical revenge flick. It's more of an action drama than an action thriller, and even though there aren't too many twists and turns, the plot is kept alive by the stylish action, terrific performances and the beautiful snowy scenery.

    I was kinda surprised to know that the director also made the original film, In Order of Disappearance. Yet to see that one but Cold Pursuit is a pretty solid entertainer, especially for fans of Liam Neeson's action movies.

    Cold Pursuit, on the whole, is an entertaining action drama that speaks volumes about revenge without actually being too loud. Given that winter's not yet over, it's really worth a visit to the cinemas.
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    • Author: Dilkree
    Quick paced, humourous and great acting. It is a while since I have enjoyed a movie this much. A variety of actors played great roles and Liam Neeson was excellent. I liked how everything was not spelled out for you but it all came together nicely with a satisfying conclusion. The alternate name for the film explains some of the comedy. The time flew which is another test of an engrossing movie. I like this genre and when you add some humour you can usually expect a great result when done well and this film achieves that. You laugh when it should be inappropriate to do so. The violence is not too graphic as well. It hit the mark for me. Hope others enjoy it as well as I did. My husband thoroughly enjoyed this film as well.
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    • Author: August
    My opinion of this movie is Liam Neeson kidnapping the bad guy's son and reading him a snowplow manual as a bed time story.

    Honestly though, I went into this expecting a typical Liam Neeson movie and, instead, got The Hunt for the Wilderpeople of revenge movies and I ate it up! (be warned it's not as funny but it definitely has its moments)

    Also Tom Bateman is made for playing the Joker, mark my words!
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    • Author: GAZANIK
    If not by the harebrained verbal antics by Liam Neeson as he hit the press blitz for this film, Cold Pursuit would've been singled out as one of his best & quirkiest action outings of his late stage career renaissance. Now unfortunately this film will forever be remembered as the one where the lead actor nearly stomped a person of color 40 years ago & why oh why did he need to lend voice to this inner musing is beyond most intelligent people of the upright variety. Neeson plays a snow remover in Colorado whose son turns up dead (labelled as a druggie) from an overdose administered by a drug cartel who believes he & his fellow airport employee friend stole a kilo of coke from them. Right when you think Neeson is about to go into Takenland, the film surprisingly veers left than right than left again, sustaining an uncertainty heretofore unseen in an American outing (it is based on a Norweigian film named In Order of Disappearance, currently on Netflix...end commercial) since Tarantino decided to stake his cinematic banner for all to see. Doing what I feel Martin McDonagh (In Bruges/Seven Psychopaths) has continually failed to do, Pursuit feels organically left field leaving the audience in a perpetually giddy state of flux which serves the material like gangbusters. Watch it before Liam opens his mouth again.
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    • Author: Ynonno
    It is the classic movie you expect Liam to play in however the whole vibe of the movie and the different characters bring a nice twist to the whole scenario. Thank you for the gag scene it means a lot really
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    • Author: Longitude Temporary
    Finally a good movie after a long time...! I loved the fast plot and the good ending. It is one of the few movies thathas kept me at the edge of my seat. Great Liam Neeson and great direction!
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    • Author: Malarad
    I haven't enjoyed a movie so much in a good while! With Liam Neeson as the lead, I was anticipating a great movie, but it far surpassed my expectations! The dark comedy reminded me of my all-time favorite "Fargo," a very enjoyable roller coaster ride right out of the gate, artfully combining action, gore with humor. The drug lords that Liam set his sights on killing were no match for his character, a man of few spoken words, who dished out a heaping plate of cold revenge, taking them down one by one. But all of the actors/characters in this movie played into the story and made it so enjoyable. Tom Bateman played the wily villain you love to hate, and made the film a thrilling ride, and was itching to see him get his due. A very satisfying movie, with great directing...this one gives your money's worth, for sure!
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    • Author: post_name
    If you think Neeson is a skilled killer, you are wrong on this one. He's neither a CIA trained retired agent, nor a trained Assassin, or a a Mafia Hitman. But he will murder them all.

    He's just the town's plowman. And after the unfortunate death of his son, he starts killing all the bad guys. So far this is another Neeson movie. But the way he kills and the dark humour of each death, make this movie a one of a kind.

    Yes, this is Liam Neeson, an action movie actor. Yes, this is a "dark comedy" film. Yes, there's a Cowboys & Indians thing going on. Yes, it is respectful of Native Americans. Yes it's MAD FUN.

    Go watch it, and see for yourself: this is a movie you will watch again. Over and over.
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    • Author: Ucantia
    This was intriguing and kept our attention! The beautiful scenery was an added bonus along with some comedy. We were not disappointed at all and hours later, we are still discussing it. We always make sure to watch the Liam Neeson movies, and he did not disappoint us on this one! In fact, all the actors were excellent!
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    • Author: Tiv
    Well written great ending and he never lets us down he is 75 years old and his action movies are still better than any 20 year olds..
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    • Author: Cerekelv
    Black comedy. Loved it. Great action. Story keeps morphing. Don't know why Laura Dern was in it at all.
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    • Author: Usaxma
    Loved this film for what it was...pure action with a side of dark humor. Highly recommend for genuine entertainment. (On a side note: For those boycotting film for something Liam said in interviews please remember the old saying.."people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.")
  • Cast overview, first billed only:
    Liam Neeson Liam Neeson - Nels Coxman
    Laura Dern Laura Dern - Grace Coxman
    Micheál Richardson Micheál Richardson - Kyle Coxman
    Michael Eklund Michael Eklund - Speedo
    Bradley Stryker Bradley Stryker - Limbo
    Wesley MacInnes Wesley MacInnes - Dante
    Tom Bateman Tom Bateman - Trevor 'Viking' Calcote
    Domenick Lombardozzi Domenick Lombardozzi - Mustang
    Nicholas Holmes Nicholas Holmes - Ryan
    Jim Shield Jim Shield - Jaded Coroner
    Aleks Paunovic Aleks Paunovic - Detective Osgard
    Glenn Ennis Glenn Ennis - Night Club Bouncer
    Benjamin Hollingsworth Benjamin Hollingsworth - Dexter
    John Doman John Doman - John 'Gip' Gipsky
    Emmy Rossum Emmy Rossum - Kim Dash
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