Cold Pursuit

Now at the age of 66, Liam Neeson is the ultimate senior citizen badass. He also basically owns his own sub-genre of the revenge/action/thriller film genre ­ “The Liam Neeson Movie.” It’s a popular genre, especially among the AARP/Baby Boomer crowd ­– ya know, people around Neeson’s age, retired on Social Security, that wanna get out to the movie early on a Friday before the restaurants get crowded that evening. They gotta get to the “early bird special.” Maybe they’re living vicariously through Neeson up on the screen. They like to have the feeling that if one of their relatives were killed or kidnapped, or if they were out in the cold, snowy wilderness dealing with bloodthirsty wolves (or something), they could be self-reliant like a Neeson type-cast character and outsmart whatever enemies or odds that are against them. In Cold Pursuit, Neeson portrays Nels Coxman, a snowplow driver who seeks revenge against the drug dealers he thinks killed his son. It’s your basic “Liam Neeson Movie” plot. But this one has some great swerves in it – it’s not as predictable as you think it’s going to be. Lots of good dark humor and plenty of ridiculous and gratuitous violence – think Tarantino/Coen Brothers. Character actor William Forsythe in a supporting role steals every scene he’s in!

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