February 12, 2019

“Cold Pursuit”: Liam Neeson’s “racist” remarks about revenge turn critics against “awesome” new movie

Ben DaviesRebel Host | Rebel Reel Reviews

There are a few things we can count on in life: Death, taxes, and a new action movie starring Liam Neeson as a man out to avenge his loved ones.

Cold Pursuit just hit theatres and could have been just another formula entry in that blockbuster genre — basically, Neeson’s smash hit Taken franchise, but with the names and locations changed. Instead, I was surprised by how fresh and funny Cold Pursuit is.

Critics were too — until Liam Neeson dared to share a harrowing personal anecdote in a promotional interview. On the topic of revenge, Neeson shared a story from his long-ago past:

Neeson had just come back from overseas to find out about the rape [of a close friend]. “She handled the situation of the rape in the most extraordinary way,” Neeson says. “But my immediate reaction was…” There’s a pause. “I asked, did she know who it was? No. What colour were they? She said it was a black person.

“I went up and down areas with a cosh [baton], hoping I’d be approached by somebody – I’m ashamed to say that – and I did it for maybe a week, hoping some [Neeson gestures air quotes with his fingers] ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could,” another pause, “kill him.”

Neeson clearly knows what he’s saying, and how shocking it is, how appalling. (…)

He deliberately withholds details to protect the identity of the victim. “It was horrible, horrible, when I think back, that I did that,” he says.

In other words: Neeson, having established himself onscreen as the guy who avenges the innocent, learned from painful real life experience that seeking revenge was in fact fruitless and soul-killing.

But the lesson was lost on the perpetually outraged: For having described the perpetrator as “a black person,” Neeson was widely denounced as “racist.”

There’s a lot of irony here…

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commented 2019-02-13 10:35:32 -0500
CHARRED REMAINS commented 11 hours ago
Daisy … I stand corrected but one can only hope that he’s had a change of heart
Unfortunately Petunia (oops) Charred, these lefty liberal progressives have been brainwashed through their emotions instead of having their intellect’s appealed to and therefore there is no intellectual argument, no fact or bit of reason will sway these intellectually challenged, emotionally hysterical lefties.
Don’t forget the lefty motto: If it feels good it must be good…don’t worry, be happy!
commented 2019-02-13 10:12:31 -0500
Saw the movie down here in Florida yesterday.
commented 2019-02-12 22:31:28 -0500
Nobody likes critics. Instead of pointing obvious flaws out, they shoot their mouths off.
commented 2019-02-12 22:22:14 -0500
He has certainly changed since his wife died. He used to be a fairly staunch Catholic but he’s now endorsing and supporting Planned Parenthood and abortion in Ireland.
commented 2019-02-12 19:44:49 -0500
Yeah I got no sympathy for Neeson…I just see the blatant hypocrisy of the left!

“…In recent years, Neeson’s been sharply criticized by gun owners for his public statements supporting gun control.
“There’s too many [expletive] guns out there,” Neeson said in an interview with Gulfnews.com in Jan. 2015. “Especially in America. I think the population is like, 320 million? There’s over 300 million guns. Privately owned, in America. I think it’s a [expletive] disgrace. Every week now we’re picking up a newspaper and seeing, ‘Yet another few kids have been killed in schools.’”
And in 2014, Neeson refuted the idea that good guys with guns have the potential to stop bad guys with guns, arguing instead for European-style confiscation as a way to stop violent criminals.
“The National Rifle Association’s official response was ‘If that teacher had been armed…’ It’s crazy,” Neeson told The Independent. “I’ll give Britain its dues, when they had the Dunblane massacre in Scotland, within 24 hours the gun laws were changed so you could not have a handgun.”
Neeson also took a swipe at the way in which courts have upheld that the Second Amendment is an individual right, not contingent upon militia service.
“It is the right to bear arms which is the problem,” said Neeson. “I think if the Founding Fathers knew what was happening they would be turning in their graves with embarrassment at how that law has been interpreted.”
An action star that opposes armed resistance to those that would do others harm is the very definition of a hypocrite. It’s a real shame Neeson’s been able to make the money he has by portraying the very people he takes umbrage with: good guys with guns.”
commented 2019-02-12 18:20:15 -0500
The score is easily a hundred to one when it comes to black entertainers making racist remarks aimed at whites. I’ll chosen words by Neeson but I’ll go see the movie just to spite these SJW judges.
commented 2019-02-12 15:11:27 -0500
Here is a novel concept……watch the movie and form your own opinion.Entertainment critics have very frequently trashed various productions (for numerous reasons other than the production itself) in the seven-plus decades I have been around and more often than not…..their input has very little value or importance.
Do your own critical analysis and disregard the sideline agendas……this applies to many more things than just entertainment.