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