WHAT I LIKED: You can tell that 'Cold Pursuit,' is a Hollywood remake of a black Norwegian revenge movie when you're watching it. There are moments where director Hans Petter Moland takes the subject matter very seriously - showing Liam Neeson brooding about the loss of his son in the snow or in his big wood cabin, but then when it comes to the black humour, the script resorts more to Marvel-style quips than clever, dark Scandi stuff. Similarly, when Neeson takes matters into his own hands and gets revenge on the drug gang responsible, there's some brutality and emotion shown, but there's equally the level of Hollywood explosions, tense music and broad strokes that you might expect.
But it's during those serious moments that the film is at its best, as Neeson is expectedly engaging, and it's admirable that the film allows itself to lean into his emotion as much as it does.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: The attempts at humour don't really land, and the added plot about a rival native American drug gang feels tagged on as it's not really explored thematically.
VERDICT: 'Cold Pursuit,' is a decent Hollywood remake that takes a compelling story and reduces it down to a simple action movie with some emotional drive.