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|Genre:||Drama, Thriller, Comedy|
|Regie:||Hans Petter Moland|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 119 Min|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
Snow plough driver Nels Coxman (Liam Neeson) is a man you can rely on. The inhabitants of a small village in the Rocky Mountains, who have just voted the quiet family man Citizen of the Year, also know this. But the times in which the quiet Nels has always responsibly stuck to the rules are suddenly over when his son Kyle is killed by the henchmen of the unscrupulous drug boss Trevor 'Viking' Calcote (Tom Bateman). Nels is plotting revenge and he sets out to find the man responsible for his son's death. This sparks a gang war between Viking and the competing drug mafia, led by White Bull (Tom Jackson). And soon the snow that Nils has so carefully cleared out of the way soon turns blood red…
With "Hard Powder" Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland presents a successful US remake of his own film "One after the other". Apart from a few minor changes, this version is very close to the original. Of course, this leads to the fact that viewers who know the original don't get anything new here. For them this second infusion is unnecessary, which doesn't make the movie bad at all, though. Moland not only succeeds in creating an atmospheric macabre atmosphere in the remake. He was also able to translate the deep black humor of the original into American, from which the film can profit all along the line.
Because instead of another typical Liam Neeson revenge thriller the audience gets an extremely entertaining, wonderfully bitter, but also exciting film, which mixes comedy, thriller and drama in a wonderfully curious way. Admittedly, this is somewhat idiosyncratic, but this is what makes the story so special. Those who can get involved with it and also have a slight tendency to macabre will get their money's worth here. Because when Nels really gets going in his delusion of justice, it's not exactly a squeamish thing to do - but sometimes it's so overdone and hearty that it's funny again.
"Hard Powder" may not get any new facets from the original, but it's still a really sounded remake. Hans Petter Moland's somewhat different contribution to the topic of mourning management and vigilante justice is convincing with good actors, an engaging visual language and his black humour. Moreover, despite many humorous moments there is still enough dramaturgical depth, which prevents the movie from just looking flat or bold. That's what it's all about: Absolutely worth seeing!
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