Irishman Liam Neeson makes loads of movies and TV episodes, sometimes five projects in a given year.
Last year he made “Widows,” a really good heist flick, “The Commuter,” one of his many action movies and “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.”
He recently acted in the TV show “The Orville,” but we wouldn’t recognize him behind the alien makeup.
He makes all sorts of films, he does voices for animated movies and also does TV work. I think he likes show business. With a net worth of $85 million he sure doesn’t need the paycheck. But most of us know him for his high intensity action films including “Taken,” “Taken 2” and “Taken 3.”
“Cold Pursuit” should be called a vengeance movie. Neeson plays a grieving dad who tracks down and dispatches those responsible for the death of his son.
He does so with great enthusiasm and a brutal, no-nonsense efficiency that he makes charming.
Laura Dern plays his wife. Dern has had a very long and well received career as well. She often makes three or four films a year. Her parents are actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd.
We will be easily excused if we have no familiarity with director and Norway born Hans Petter Moland. His work has been thus far in Europe. He has a number of films in the action/thriller realm on his list. “Cold Pursuit” is Moland’s first outing on this side of the pond. He manages some nice movie touches that we appreciate.
Also first in America or anywhere else is writer Frank Baldwin. This is his first turn as a script writer. He has managed some witty remarks and situations.
We get some lighthearted mayhem in this film experience. Think of a less crazy Guy Richie gangster film and you will have the right of it.
I found it a nice balance between the serious and the guffaw inducing absurd. Lots of bad guys and a good guy or two leave this plane of existence but we care about or miss not one of them.
“Cold Pursuit” runs for one minute shy of two hours. Be warned, this R-rated film has loads of violence, some drug references and as much bad language as you could ever want. This two and a half saw blade, average film ranks above such recent Liam Neeson films as “The Commuter,” “Run All Night” or “A Walk Among the Tombstones.”
The script and clever moments make it more fun to watch.