We all thought that Liam Neeson put his badass days behind him after the less than stellar release of Taken 3. The franchise at that point had gassed and Neeson didn’t really seem up to carrying the torch that others like Steven Seagal and Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris had left behind. But it seems as if Neeson still has a few more revenge-thrillers in his stellar career.
His latest flick is called Cold Pursuit, and it appears to be more of a thoughtful thriller than the typical over-the-top action film you might have been hoping to see.
The plot follows Neeson’s character, a seemingly average guy with a wife and a son, living in Alaska. However, things take a drastic change for him when his son is murdered following some sort of mix up with the mafia, and he decides to get revenge.
You can check out the trailer below from ONE Media.
The Lionsgate flick is actually stylized a little too much for my liking in the trailer, but it definitely appears to have elements of a dark comedy sprinkled throughout the grim noir-violence Neeson dispenses on the mafia for giving his son a heroin overdose.
The film seems to be like a mixture of Death Wish II and the Clive Owen flick from 2003 called I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead.
Unlike I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, there appears to be plenty of action and suspense stretched across the running time of Cold Pursuit (or at least, that appears to be the case based on the trailer).
We see some inventive looking deaths take place as what looks like a young, hot cop attempts to track down Neeson’s character.
I hope the film knows how to strike the balance between the comedy and the drama so as not to undercut its own tone, because that could seriously ruin the film. But I have to admit, that sawed off Winchester M70 looks so, so, so sexy.
It’s a shame we don’t get to use customized weapons like that in video games.
Anyway, Cold Pursuit is due out next year on February 8th. If you want to support a film that isn’t trying to undermine the straight male movie-going audience, keep it in mind the next time you hit the theater in February.