Cold comfort in lame pursuit of humour

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Liam Neeson takes a refreshingly simple approach in his quest for revenge in Cold Pursuit.
Camera IconLiam Neeson takes a refreshingly simple approach in his quest for revenge in Cold Pursuit. Credit: TNS

What a let down.

I had high hopes for this movie after the trailer set it up as a classic Neeson revenge gig with a side serve of comedy.

In the end though, it was a series of plot points vaguely and loosely tied together with a side serve of rubbish.

That said, there were a few notable points including death-title cards for every cast member wiped out and a final twist in the closing credits only those paying attention would have noticed ... but no spoilers here.

As for the negatives, where to begin?

Much like in Glass, some of the characters seem to be following an in-movie script and then flip out when the plot deviates. Liam Neeson and particularly Laura Dern’s performances suffer at the hands of average writing, especially Dern who had about four lines in the whole film.

The attempts at humour fall flat on their faces and prove nothing more than awkward and annoying, again the victim of poor writing.

The main antagonist and his son suffer the most at the hands of the poor writing, again almost to the point of annoyance, but to be fair there was also some poor acting.

It is almost as if the writers had a list of themes and tried to shove as many as possible into the plot and hope for the best they could link all the dots.

Too often I was left thinking “of course they are ...”, “of course ...”, or just left in a sense of disbelief.

Cold pursuit had potential but was sorely let down by poor writing and pretty average acting.

- 3/10

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