A snowplow driver incites a gang war.
A decade into Liam Neeson’s run of action thrillers, “you’d think things would be getting a bit tired and rote—but you’d be wrong,” said Chris Nashawaty in Entertainment Weekly. Though the latest film featuring Neeson as a vengeful vigilante doesn’t change the formula used in Taken and six follow-ups, it’s definitely “the daffiest and most delirious,” distinguished by its irreverent gallows humor. Neeson (see People, page 10) plays Nels Coxman, a Colorado family man and a snowplow driver. Soon after Nels loses his only son to an alleged overdose, he’s hunting down drug dealers, “dishing out pulpy payback.” But this is also “an unexpectedly hilarious movie,” said Scott Mendelson in Forbes.com. Every secondary character feels fully imagined, and their dialogue is “so specific and so lived-in that it becomes a ghoulish pleasure to watch these people talk to each other.” Though Laura Dern is “severely underutilized” as Nels’ wife, I loved how all the women act fed up with the men’s antics, said Katie Rife in AVClub.com. “Cold Pursuit knows that killing a man with a snowplow is a ridiculous macho fantasy, and it’s going to give it to you anyway—but not without a wink and a smile.”
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