"A Son for a Son"
What You Need To Know:
Although COLD PURSUIT contains a higher amount of comical relief than is probably expected, this story has been told many times before, often with Liam Neeson. The actual story feels lacking, with little development or depth. COLD PURSUIT also follows a very humanist worldview where it’s man’s job to punish wrongdoing, as well as decide what’s right and wrong. The moral compass has no clear direction, and the characters are following their lust for power and revenge. Because of these things, as well as an extremely high amount of violence and other objectionable content, MOVIEGUIDE® advises media-wise moviegoers to avoid COLD PURSUIT.
COLD PURSUIT takes place in the small ski town of Kehoe, Colorado. Nels Coxman has just received the Citizen of the Year Award for his notable good works in the town. He works with a snow plow everyday clearing the walls of snow for cars to safely pass through. He lives a simple and happy life with his wife and son, who works at the small airport nearby.
One night, his son has just finished his shift at work and is beginning to head home, when he’s mistaken for someone who’s badly mixed up with the local drug cartel. He is taken into a van where he is beaten and injected with a needle, later to be brutally murdered. When his body is found and taken to a mortuary, the cause of death is decided to be a heroin overdose. Absolutely distressed by this horrific news, Nels feels this can’t really be true, knowing that his son never used heroin in his life. He has to find out what really happened, and he sets out to avenge his son, by whatever means necessary.
Nels starts on a trail of drug dealers, taking out one by one, trying to make his way up to the leader himself. However, when the drug lord finds out that his men are slowly disappearing, he assumes that this is an action done by the Native Americans in Denver. The groups have lived harmoniously together for years, but now, he believes this is an act of war. He arranges for his crew to take out the son of the leader of the Native Americans, having him killed and hung from a traffic sign for all to see. What the two gangs don’t know, is that there is a silent third party that’s been plotting the demise of the black-hearted drug lord. Now with everyone working against each other, Nels has to figure out a way on his own to avenge his son and stop this evil from killing anyone else he loves.
COLD PURSUIT is based on a Norwegian movie titled, IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE, directed by the same director, Hans Petter Moland. It takes a humorous twist on an otherwise dark storyline. Movies very similar to this have been made many times before, with Liam Neeson being drawn to them. The actual story feels a bit lacking, with little development or depth prior to the start of the action. There also seem to be elements that feel inserted, just in order for the story to be moving in the right direction. The comical relief is perhaps the movie’s best part. It provides some unexpected, realistic laughs.
However, COLD PURSUIT contains an exorbitant amount of questionable content from a negative worldview, to an excessive amount of blood and violence. “An eye for an eye” is a major theme in this movie, or “a son for a son,” as the Native American ring leader says multiple times. Revenge and power are the dominating motivations, and the morality is very relative with characters doing what feels right to them. There’s no mention of a higher power or form of punishment, other than man-dealt justice. The lack of value for human life is concerning, and the personal laws are what is solely governing. Because of these things, as well as an excessively high amount of other content, COLD PURSUIT is abhorrent for all viewers.