Cold Pursuit

Cold Pursuit

2019, R, 118 min. Directed by Hans Petter Moland. Starring Liam Neeson, Laura Dern, Emmy Rossum, Tom Bateman, Micheál Richardson.

REVIEWED By Marc Savlov, Fri., Feb. 15, 2019

Liam Neeson’s late-career transformation into the Irish reincarnation of Charles Bronson is considerably less surprising if you’re fan enough to recall the actor’s earlier work in Sam Raimi’s first studio film, the woefully underappreciated Darkman. A comic book revenger with a twisted noir vibe, it pre-dates 2008’s Taken – generally regarded as the onset of Neeson’s avenging badass phase – by nearly two decades, and remains a wickedly creative and endlessly watchable riff on the tropes of super-antiheroes.

Cold Pursuit very nearly brings Neeson full circle, imbued as it is with a lower-rent version of the patented Raimi gallows humor. Neeson is Nels Coxman, a professional snowplow operator, loving husband and father, and local “Citizen of the Year” who goes full-on berserker when his son Kyle (Richardson) turns up dead, apparently from a heroin overdose but in actuality collateral damage from local drug cartel kingpin Trevor "The Viking" Calcote’s (Bateman) cocaine trade. After his grief-obliterated wife (Dern, frankly given very little to do) leaves the briefly suicidal antihero-to-be, Coxman uncovers the drug ring and embarks on a mechanized mission of mayhem worthy of Maximum Overdrive. Turns out those massive V-shaped snowplows are every bit as effective at mangling the bad guys as they are clearing rural Rocky Mountain roads.

Norwegian director Moland, remaking his own excellent 2014 thriller In Order of Disappearance, relocates the action to the snowbound Colorado resort hamlet of Kehoe but keeps nearly the entire plot the same. Meanwhile debuting screenwriter Frank Baldwin punches up the English-language script with some appropriately mordant bons mots/morts. A vicious little black comedy masquerading as a generic vigilante justice actioner, Cold Pursuit is whiteout-noir with a pulp fiction edge. That’s not to say it’s a great film. It’s hamstrung by a flurry of subplots that only serve to distract from the core vendetta at hand. Still, it’s far more entertaining and downright crafty than expected.

Moland retains his original film’s steadfast, grim pacing and also a series of running gags involving dueling drug lord minions with wacky nicknames (“Santa,” “The Eskimo,” etc.) and Nels' preferred method of body disposal. (The thugs' increasing mortality rates are foregrounded by intertitles bearing their criminal sobriquet, date of birth, and religion.) Ultimately, the inclusion of off-throughline substories involving the largely ineffectual local cops, parental and familial relations on both sides of the unfolding drug war, and other, non-Neeson-specific melodramatics only serve to clutter up an otherwise above-average, pitch-black comedy of terrors. Neeson’s character in Cold Pursuit recalls William Devane’s in Rolling Thunder by way of Fargo, but really it’s Liam Fucking Neeson and a huge-ass snowplow churning the snow crimson at every opportunity. And that’s all it needs to be.

Showtimes

Sat., Feb. 16

1:35, 4:55, 7:35, 10:45

Sun., Feb. 17

1:35, 4:55, 7:35, 10:45

Mon., Feb. 18

1:35, 4:55, 7:35, 10:45

Tue., Feb. 19

1:45, 4:55, 7:35, 10:40

Wed., Feb. 20

1:35, 4:55, 7:35, 10:45

Thu., Feb. 21

1:55, 4:55, 7:50, 10:50

Alamo Drafthouse Village

2700 W. Anderson #701, 512/861-7030, www.drafthouse.com/austin/theater/village

Tuesday matinee Baby Day shows (first show of the day) are intended for parents and their children younger than 6. Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Sat., Feb. 16

1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30

Sun., Feb. 17

1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30

Mon., Feb. 18

1:40, 4:45, 7:45, 10:45

Tue., Feb. 19

3:20, 6:00, 9:10
AFA 12:20

Wed., Feb. 20

1:45, 4:45, 7:45, 10:45

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy, 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Sat., Feb. 16

CC/DVS 10:50am, 1:50, 5:00, 7:50, 10:40

Sun., Feb. 17

CC/DVS 10:50am, 1:50, 5:00, 7:50, 10:40

Mon., Feb. 18

CC/DVS 10:50am, 1:50, 5:00, 7:50

Tue., Feb. 19

CC/DVS 10:50am, 1:50, 5:00, 7:50, 10:40

Wed., Feb. 20

CC/DVS 10:50am, 1:50, 5:00, 7:50

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Sat., Feb. 16

digital 9:40am, 12:50, 3:45, 6:50, 9:40

Sun., Feb. 17

digital 9:40am, 12:50, 3:45, 6:50, 9:40

Mon., Feb. 18

digital 9:40am, 12:50, 3:45, 6:50, 9:40

Tue., Feb. 19

digital 12:50, 3:45, 6:50, 9:55

Wed., Feb. 20

digital 12:50, 3:45, 6:50, 9:55

Sat., Feb. 16

digital 10:10am, 1:10, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15

Sun., Feb. 17

digital 10:15am, 1:10, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15

Mon., Feb. 18

digital 10:15am, 1:10, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15

Tue., Feb. 19

digital 10:15am, 1:10, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15

Wed., Feb. 20

digital 10:15am, 1:10, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Sat., Feb. 16

digital 1:35, 4:45, 7:50, 10:40

Sun., Feb. 17

digital 1:35, 4:45, 7:50, 10:40

Mon., Feb. 18

digital 1:35, 4:45, 7:50, 10:40

Tue., Feb. 19

digital 1:35, 4:45, 7:50, 10:40

Wed., Feb. 20

digital 1:35, 4:45, 7:50, 10:40

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sat., Feb. 16

digital 10:05am, 1:00, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30

Sun., Feb. 17

digital 10:05am, 1:00, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30

Mon., Feb. 18

digital 10:05am, 1:00, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30

Tue., Feb. 19

digital 10:05am, 1:00, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30

Wed., Feb. 20

digital 10:05am, 1:00, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown, 512/868-9922

Sat., Feb. 16

9:55am, 12:50, 3:55, 6:45, 9:50

Sun., Feb. 17

12:50, 3:55, 6:45, 9:50

Mon., Feb. 18

12:50, 3:55, 6:45, 9:50

Tue., Feb. 19

12:50, 3:55, 6:45, 9:50

Wed., Feb. 20

12:50, 3:55, 6:45, 9:50

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Sat., Feb. 16

12:10, 3:00, 5:45, 8:30

Sun., Feb. 17

12:10, 3:00, 5:45, 8:30

Mon., Feb. 18

12:10, 3:00, 5:45, 8:30

Tue., Feb. 19

12:10, 3:00, 5:45, 8:30

Wed., Feb. 20

12:10, 3:00, 5:45, 8:30

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549, www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

Sat., Feb. 16

CC 12:15, 2:15, 5:30, 10:00

Sun., Feb. 17

CC 12:15, 2:15, 5:30, 10:00

Mon., Feb. 18

CC 11:00am, 4:30, 10:15

Tue., Feb. 19

CC 12:15, 2:15, 5:30, 10:00

Wed., Feb. 20

CC 12:15, 2:15, 5:30, 10:00

Thu., Feb. 21

CC 12:15, 2:15

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sat., Feb. 16

CC/DVS 12:35, 3:35, 7:15, 10:20

Sun., Feb. 17

CC/DVS 12:35, 3:35, 7:15, 10:20

Mon., Feb. 18

CC/DVS 12:35, 3:35, 7:15, 10:20

Tue., Feb. 19

CC/DVS 12:35, 3:35, 7:15, 10:20

Wed., Feb. 20

CC/DVS 12:35, 3:35, 7:15, 10:20

iPic Theaters Austin

3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400, www.ipic.com

Sat., Feb. 16

11:15am, 2:30, 6:15, 9:30

Sun., Feb. 17

11:15am, 2:30, 6:15, 9:30

Mon., Feb. 18

11:15am, 2:30, 6:15, 9:30

Tue., Feb. 19

11:15am, 2:30, 6:15, 9:30

Wed., Feb. 20

11:15am, 2:30, 6:15, 9:30

AMC Lakeline 9

11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/335-4793

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Sat., Feb. 16

CC/DVS 11:15am, 2:00, 4:45, 7:45, 10:30

Sun., Feb. 17

CC/DVS 11:15am, 2:00, 4:45, 7:45

Mon., Feb. 18

CC/DVS 2:00, 4:45, 7:40

Tue., Feb. 19

CC/DVS 2:00, 4:45, 7:40

Wed., Feb. 20

CC/DVS 4:45, 7:40

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sat., Feb. 16

CC/DVS 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:15

Sun., Feb. 17

CC/DVS 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:15

Mon., Feb. 18

CC/DVS 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:15

Tue., Feb. 19

CC/DVS 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:15

Wed., Feb. 20

CC/DVS 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:15

Thu., Feb. 21

CC/DVS 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:15

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 N. FM 620, Bldg. B, 512/501-3520, www.themoviehouse.com/trails/

Sat., Feb. 16

9:45am, 1:00, 4:15, 7:30, 10:45

Sun., Feb. 17

9:45am, 1:00, 4:15, 7:30, 10:45

Mon., Feb. 18

9:45am, 1:00, 4:15, 7:30, 10:45

Tue., Feb. 19

10:00am, 1:00, 4:15, 7:30, 10:45

Wed., Feb. 20

10:00am, 1:00, 4:15, 7:30, 10:45

Thu., Feb. 21

10:00am, 1:00, 4:15, 10:30

Moviehouse & Eatery - Lantana Place

7415 Southwest Parkway, Building 7, 512/572-0770, www.themoviehouse.com/lantana/

Sat., Feb. 16

10:15am, 1:30, 4:45, 8:00, 9:20

Sun., Feb. 17

10:15am, 1:30, 4:45, 8:00, 9:20

Mon., Feb. 18

10:15am, 1:30, 4:45, 8:00, 9:20

Tue., Feb. 19

10:15am, 1:30, 4:45, 8:00, 9:20

Wed., Feb. 20

10:15am, 1:30, 4:45, 8:00, 9:20

Thu., Feb. 21

10:15am, 1:30, 4:45, 8:00, 9:20

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop, 512/321-0123, www.schulmantheatres.com

Sat., Feb. 16

9:55am, 12:50, 3:50, 6:55, 10:05

Sun., Feb. 17

9:55am, 12:50, 3:50, 6:55, 10:05

Mon., Feb. 18

9:55am, 12:50, 3:50, 6:55, 10:05

Tue., Feb. 19

9:55am, 12:50, 3:50, 6:55, 10:05

Wed., Feb. 20

9:55am, 12:50, 3:50, 6:55, 10:05

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

Sat., Feb. 16

11:30am, 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:20

Sun., Feb. 17

11:30am, 2:20, 5:00, 7:40

Mon., Feb. 18

2:20, 5:00, 7:40

Tue., Feb. 19

2:20, 5:00, 7:40

Wed., Feb. 20

2:20, 5:00, 7:40

Thu., Feb. 21

2:20, 5:00, 7:10, 10:00

Sky Cinemas

13201 US-290, 512/457-0700, www.skycinemas.com

Sat., Feb. 16

11:20am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:15, 10:00

Sun., Feb. 17

11:20am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:15, 10:00

Mon., Feb. 18

11:20am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:15, 10:00

Tue., Feb. 19

12:00, 2:40, 5:10, 7:50

Wed., Feb. 20

12:00, 2:40, 5:10, 7:50

Sat., Feb. 16

12:00, 4:30, 7:00, 10:00

Sun., Feb. 17

12:00, 4:30, 7:00, 10:00

Mon., Feb. 18

4:30, 8:00, 10:00

Tue., Feb. 19

4:30, 8:00, 10:00

Wed., Feb. 20

4:30, 8:00, 10:00

Starplex 12 San Marcos

1250 Wonder World Drive, San Marcos, 512/805-8000

Sat., Feb. 16

11:20am, 2:10, 4:55, 7:45, 10:35

Sun., Feb. 17

11:20am, 2:10, 4:55, 7:45, 10:35

Mon., Feb. 18

1:00, 4:15, 7:15, 10:20

Tue., Feb. 19

1:00, 4:15, 7:15, 10:20

Wed., Feb. 20

1:00, 4:15, 7:15, 10:20

Thu., Feb. 21

1:00, 4:15, 7:15, 10:20

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sat., Feb. 16

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:40, 4:15, 7:25, 9:30

Sun., Feb. 17

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:40, 4:15, 7:25, 9:30

Mon., Feb. 18

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:40, 4:15, 7:25, 9:30

Tue., Feb. 19

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:45, 5:00, 6:45, 9:30

Wed., Feb. 20

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:45, 5:00, 6:45, 9:30

Thu., Feb. 21

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:45, 5:00, 6:45, 9:30

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