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Cold Pursuit

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Darkly comic thriller is bloody but clever, thoughtful.

Movie R 2019 118 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 13+

So many problems...

I like Liam Neeson's acting but I have so many problems with this movie. 1. They squeezed in as many minorities as possible, only to degrade or kill them off. 2. Too many jokes made at the expense of others ethnic backgrounds. 3.The only person trying to solve the mystery, legally, is told to leave well enough alone. Also, the kills in this movie can get really brutal so I wouldn't take anyone under 13 to see this. Even if you take a kid over 13, talk about what happens in the movie, because many of the jokes are crude and disrespectful.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 14+

Cold Pusuit

Great thriller movie w some dark comedy

This title has:

Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (3 ):

This bloody, deceptive thriller starts out like yet another one of Neeson's revenge movies, but it subtly switches into a very dark comedy that asks us to consider our various reactions to death. Cold Pursuit was directed by Hans Petter Moland; it's a remake of his own 2014 Norwegian film In Order of Disappearance for American audiences. It feels like he's iterating to achieve perfection, tone- and style-wise. For instance, something feels odd when Nelson and his wife (Laura Dern) go to identify their son's body and must wait awkwardly while a morgue worker pumps a foot pedal again and again to raise the corpse to viewing height.

The scene is sad, but it also inspires laughter. Moland allows time for viewers to experience both feelings, and then ask themselves "why did I react like that?" The whip-smart movie balances a large array of characters, and each is treated with respect, with the realization that everyone has his or her own feelings. Viking is a slick, selfish villain who's appalling in many ways but also logical; the scenes in which he attempts to relate to his young son are both ridiculous and touching. The movie's biggest flaw is that it keeps all these balls -- characters, humor, and pathos -- in the air for a long time, and it can get exhausting. But for the majority of its running time, Cold Pursuit is surprising, bracing grown-up entertainment.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: February 8, 2019
  • On DVD or streaming: May 14, 2019
  • Cast: Liam Neeson , Emmy Rossum , Laura Dern , Tom Bateman
  • Director: Hans Petter Moland
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 118 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong violence, drug material, and some language including sexual references
  • Last updated: September 23, 2023

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