Taken. Taken 2. Taken 3. Taken On A Plane. Taken On A Train. Now… Taken In The Snow?

Taken. Taken 2. Taken 3. Taken On A Plane. Taken On A Train. Now… Taken In The Snow? In some ways, definitely yes, but branding Cold Pursuit as Taken In The Snow is perhaps a little shallow, even if it’s probably possible to get away with.

Citizen of the year, Nelson Coxman (Liam Neeson), is known for his upstanding personality, and his commitment to his job as the snowplough driver for Kehoe, a small town in the Colorado Rockies. Driven by the murder of his son, Coxman is unexpectedly driven to a life of revenge when he discovers the greater organisation behind the entirely unnecessary death.

Cold Pursuit’s major redemption is its stylised outlook on film making. Director Hans Petter Moland has clearly tried hard to steer away from the obvious comparisons to Neeson’s previous features, yet by directing the remake of his own film, there’s a curious set of questions to be asked as to why it isn’t even more adventurous than it is. Remakes are often a great chance to change, chop and advance an original work, but Cold Pursuit doesn’t manage to express its individuality anywhere near enough.

Cold Pursuit

This certainly isn’t helped by its labelling as a black comedy; a claim that not only seems wildly over-ambitious, but one that doesn’t fit the mould. Cold Pursuit only has about four jokes, all of which essentially miss the mark. They’re often awkward, and out-rightly branding them as comedy is absolutely a stretch. There’s a sense entirely encompassing of Cold Pursuit that suggests nothing is turned up to quite the right level, failing to land its important moments, and truly emphasise its quirky ideas.

Liam Neeson performance is void of anything he hasn’t done multiple times before, and with Laura Dern criminally underused, the film veers to a gang tangent from essentially the mid point, becoming a plotless power struggle with very little of worth to actually fight over. None of the production feels cheap, but its story often remains far from enjoyable.

Cold Pursuit has moments to appreciate and impressively produced style characteristics, but beyond that very little stands out. If it ever had a way to lose, it lost it, but Cold Pursuit is definitely better than dubbing it Taken In The Snow. Just not good enough to not have to mention that fact in this very conclusion.

2/5

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