Cold Pursuit Movie Ending Explained (In Detail)

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In 2014, “One after the other,” a wonderfully darkly humorous revenge crime thriller from Norway, hit USA screens. Now Hollywood has remade the film with Liam Neeson in the lead role. If  Cold Pursuit (de. HARD POWDER) We reveal in our review that it can keep up with the original.


The Plot Summary

Nels Coxman (Liam Neeson) is a snowplow driver at a ski resort in the Rocky Mountains. Because he has been doing his job so conscientiously for years, he was named “Citizen of the Year”. The simple, modest man only accepts the honor reluctantly and at the urging of his wife (Laura Dern). As soon as he got home, he received the news that his only son had died of an overdose. Nels can’t believe that Kyle (Micheál Richardson, also Neeson’s offspring in real life) could have used drugs at all. But since the case is closed for the police, he sets out to find out what really happened on his own. It soon becomes clear that the ruthless drug lord Viking (Tom Bateman) and his henchmen are behind everything. Following a clever plan, Nels eliminates the gangster hierarchy one by one, starting from the bottom…

Cold Pursuit Movie explanation of the ending

Of course, one can debate endlessly about the sense or nonsense of US-American reissues of non-English-language works. But if this results in more good films, they may well have a right to exist. “Cold Pursuit” easily meets this criterion. That’s probably also because Hans Petter Moland (“Salvation”), the director of the Norwegian model, once again held the reins and so the integrity of the story was always guaranteed. The screenwriter was Frank Baldwin, who previously only appeared as an unnamed script doctor on the rather mediocre teen thriller “The Roommate”. Moland had him make various small changes, such as moving the events from Scandinavia to Colorado (but was filmed in western Canada). The result seems a lot less playful and eccentric than “One after the other”. Nel’s revenge act is performed by Liam Neeson, who is very experienced in the subject (“Taken 1-3”) more straightforward and laconic than by Stellan Skarsgårds (“Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again”) Nils depicted in the template. The black humor here seems a bit drier, even harsher and even more brutal.

Nels (Liam Neeson) plays the role of the silent snowplow driver Nels in Cold Pursuit

Although the film is actually a comedy for long stretches and some murders happen “offscreen”, it has truly earned its 16+ age rating. A lot of red blood splashes into the white snow and the bones crack wonderfully loudly, while the camera of Philip Øgaard, who was also involved in the original (“Welcome To Norway”), especially when it comes to the violent arguments that are excellently captured in the picture. The stunt performers did a great job here. In the elaborate, large action scenes it becomes finally obvious that there was a lot more money available. Moland and Øgaard use this for various spectacular sequences, which are often made even more impressive by the magnificent, expansive natural backdrop. Before things really get down to business, this epic ambience reminds you of the classic westerns by directing geniuses like John Ford (“Infernal Trip to Santa Fé”)Sam Peckinpah (“The Wild Bunch”) or John Sturges (“The glory seven”) remind.

But which version is better overall? Well, Neeson plays quite differently than Skarsgård, but is just as effective and efficient. The story works just as well on a slightly larger scale as in the Norwegian film, while the visual advantages clearly lie with the new edition. The aspect in which “One by One” is clearly ahead is the cast of villains and main antagonists of the protagonist. Tom Bateman (“Murder on the Orient Express”) as a psychopathic drug lord and Tom Jackson (“Skinwalkers”) In the role of the chief of a local Indian tribe deeply involved in criminal business, they deliver absolutely adequate performances. With the equal parts sleazy, frightening, yet somehow ridiculous-seeming Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen (“Kon-Tiki”) and a divinely diabolical Bruno Ganz (“The downfall”) in the corresponding parts of the template, both actors cannot seriously compete. The supporting roles, on the other hand, are with experts like Laura Dern (“The Founder”)Emmy Rossum (“Luck at my side”)John Doman (“A Beautiful Day”) or Domenick Lombardozzi (“Bridge of Spies – The Negotiator”) consistently well staffed.

The end result is therefore a fair draw. Thriller fans and fans of deep black comedies will have fun, no matter which version of the story they watch. The remake and original are also independent enough that it’s even worth watching both – ideally Cold Pursuit in the cinema and “One after the other” for comparison shortly before or immediately afterwards in front of your home screen.

Viking (Tom Bateman) and his son Ryan (Nicholas Holmes).

Conclusion: The US remake is a bit more straightforward and vicious than the charmingly playful original. But even in this constellation the balance between hearty revenge thriller and dark humor is right. Liam Neeson fans will once again get their money’s worth thanks to his usual stoic performance.

Cold Pursuit can be seen in USA cinemas nationwide from February 28th.

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