COOL RUN-INS

COLD PUR­SUIT Liam Nee­son is Taken no pris­on­ers in an ice-cool ac­tion thriller…

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Pop quiz: what do The Van­ish­ing (1993), The Grudge (2004) and Funny Games (2007) have in com­mon? They’re all English­language re­makes helmed by their orig­i­nal direc­tors. And now Nor­we­gian film­maker Hans Pet­ter Moland joins the club with Cold Pur­suit, a do-over of his 2014 thriller In Or­der Of Dis­ap­pear­ance.

There, it was Stel­lan Skars­gård aveng­ing his son’s sus­pi­cious death. Here, it’s Liam Nee­son, who won’t stop un­til he’s driven his snow­plough through ev­ery last mem­ber of the drugs car­tel re­spon­si­ble for his grief.

Nee­son’s zest for the project was in­stru­men­tal in con­vinc­ing Moland to, ahem, plough ahead with a re­make (or, if you will, me-make). “Mak­ing a film is not just about the ma­te­rial

– it’s also about the peo­ple in­volved,” he says. “An op­por­tu­nity to work with Liam is not some­thing that you pass up. He’s an ex­pe­ri­enced, hard-work­ing, cu­ri­ous ac­tor… and ob­vi­ously gifted enough to carry off the role.”

Cold Pur­suit re­quires Nee­son to bal­ance bleak drama with black laughs – with the lat­ter, Teasers sug­gests, even bolder than in the orig­i­nal. “Maybe Nor­we­gians are more re­served,” Moland chuck­les. “But mak­ing a film is an or­ganic process. Here, it soon

be­came not about do­ing a re­make, but about mak­ing a new film, with new peo­ple, in new cir­cum­stances.”

Film­ing ven­tured up to some “ter­rific lo­ca­tions” in the Rocky Moun­tains. “There were also sets we were al­lowed to build,” Moland says – like a lav­ish ho­tel lobby that en­abled one scene to re­alise its “full, ex­treme play­ful­ness”. But the big­gest set-piece is saved for last, where griev­ances on all sides come to a (bloody) head. “I mean, that’s a huge scene. We had a great stunt co­or­di­na­tor, great stunt team,” Moland mar­vels, be­fore as­sur­ing fans of Nee­son’s ac­tion oeu­vre. “I can’t re­mem­ber who ex­actly did what, but I can tell you

Liam’s a hands-on guy!”

ETA | 22 FE­bru­Ary / COLD Pur­SuIT OPENS NEXT MONTH.

PLOUghIng In Liam Nee­son plays Nels, who wants vengeance for the killing of his and Laura Dern’s son.

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