You can call Liam Neeson, Mr. Plow, by the way this protagonist clears a vengeful path straight through his Rocky Mountain resort community in Cold Pursuit of drug dealing undesirables responsible for killing his dearly departed son. A remake of the eccentric Norwegian crime-thriller, In Order of Disappearance that previously starred Stellan Skarsgard, the North American version likewise salts self-aware humour onto the hardened snow. Speaking of which, the film’s original director Hans Petter Moland makes his English language debut, shovelling out some more vigilante justice with first-time screenwriter Frank Baldwin’s adaptation. Shot in parts of Alberta and British Columbia, filming was halted when Parks Canada refused to let the production shoot in Banff National Park due to the “outrageous” depiction of a First Nations’ crime boss.
The film co-stars the great Laura Dern (The Tale), Emmy Rossum (TV’s Shameless), William Forsythe (TV’s The Man in the High Castle), Tom Bateman (Murder on the Orient Express), Raoul Max Trujillo (Sicario: Day of the Soldado, TV’s Mayans M.C.) and The Wire alumnae John Doman (You Were Never Really Here) and Domenick Lombardozzi (The Irishman).
Get snowed in on February 8th, 2019.
Official Plot Synopsis:
Quiet family man and hard-working snowplow driver Nels is the lifeblood of a glitzy resort town in the Rocky Mountains because he is the one who keeps the winter roads clear. He and his wife live in a comfortable cabin away from the tourists. The town has just awarded him “Citizen of the Year.” But Nels has to leave his quiet mountain life when his son is murdered by a powerful drug lord. As a man who has nothing to lose he is stoked by a drive for vengeance. This unlikely hero uses his hunting skills and transforms from an ordinary man into a skilled killer as he sets out to dismantle the cartel. Nels’ actions ignite a turf war between a manically unpredictable gangster known as Viking and a rival gang boss. Justice is served in one final spectacular confrontation that will leave (almost) no one unscathed.
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