Cold Pursuit

Cold Pursuit - or as I'd chosen to think of it before seeing it, Taken 4: Best Served Cold - is exactly what I'd expected but with disappointing elements.

Liam Neeson has seemingly cornered the market in "angst-ridden everyman parent and plucky underdog looking to protect or avenge his child" and as the early part of the film unfolds, we set the scene again for a Neeson revenge mission.

But - and it's a hell of a big but - the dialogue and acting are so wooden and stilted that even Neeson's gravitas struggles and he spends most of the film looking less like Rob Roy and more like Odo from Star Trek: Deep Space 9.

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Liam Neeson and Odo: Both stars of Cold Pursuit?

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The upshot is that apart from a few darkly comedic moments, this film, I think the technical term, is cack. I wanted to like it. I wanted to go on a high octane action ride but what I got was a largely damp squib laden with clich├ęs and devoid of any grit or emotion. I wouldn't waste my time if I was you. It's a couple of hours I'm not getting back.