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Cold Pursuit 4K UHD Review

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“Cold Pursuit” isn’t what you’d expect.

In this remake of the Norwegian film “In Order of Disappearance,” the Kehoe story revolves around a snowplow driver named Nels who seeks to track down those responsible for his son’s death one-by-one as he moves up the chain of command in a drug cartel led by a high strung crime boss named Viking. Nels isn’t the only after Viking, however, as a Native American drug lord named White Bull and his men are also seeking revenge against Viking after White Bull’s son is murdered by Viking. What follows is a gang war and lots and lots of bloodshed.

I know what you are thinking- Another Liam Neeson revenge action thriller? Believe me, I had the same thought. Thankfully, “Cold Pursuit” isn’t just another formulaic entry in that subgenre or in Liam Neeson’s filmography. Instead, it’s a rather offbeat film about fathers and sons that feels like a cross between “Fargo” and a Quentin Tarantino picture.

You can’t tell from the promotional material, but this movie has a dark comedic edge. There’s a plethora of jokes about everything from death to football. On top of that, there’s more going on storywise than just Nels story arc. In fact, he’s probably the least interesting character in the movie as there could have been so much more development with both his character and his family. At 119 minutes, the movie does admittedly feel long and repetitious, but the weird doses of humor (like the title screens for each dead character), strange pacing, high body count, and unique directorial style by Hans Petter Moland (who also directed “In Order Of Disappearance”) make up for the shortcomings.

Cast wise, there’s a lot of compelling performances to be found here. Liam Neeson is Liam Neeson. He does have moments of humor here, but he’s mostly pretty dramatic. Tom Bateman seems to be having a blast as the over-the-top drug lord Viking. He’s not just another cliched villain and actually has a rather extensive backstory. Emmy Rossum shines as a Kehoe cop while Tom Jackson brings depth to the character of White Bull. There’s plenty of small quirky supporting performances throughout as well. The only cast member who is entirely wasted here is Laura Dern to be honest.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 2160p. How does it look? This transfer is crisp as the wintery weather featured in the film.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? This is a lively and perfectly leveled track. I expect nothing less from an Atmos track.

Extras:
* Blu-ray copy
* Digital copy
* Lionsgate trailers and a trailer for “Cold Pursuit.”
* 5 deleted scenes.
* Separate interviews with Hans Petter Moland and Liam Neeson
* Welcome To Kehoe: Behind The Scenes Of Cold Pursuit”- A featurette that contains film clips, set footage, interviews, story and character discussions and more.

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May 14, 2019 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , ,

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