Jean Reno is back as the assassin with a heart in Frédéric Petitjean’s Cold Blood. Set in the Pacific Northwest, Henry (Jean Reno) is sent on a relatively easy assignment that goes off without a hitch, but the job never ends with the kill.
Ten months earlier, Henry is hired to kill corrupt businessman Kessler. Using the old “ice bullet” trick, the job is clean, the money in hand, Henry heads off to a secluded winter cabin in the Washington mountains to lay low.
“Using the old “ice bullet” trick, the job is clean, the money in hand, Henry heads off to a secluded winter cabin…”
No crime can go unpunished, which brings us to detective Kappa (Joe Anderson), assigned to solve the murder with no clues, and very few leads. Fortunately, he has a list of all the people who possess the very illegal, yet trackable “ice bullet.”
Today, a young woman, Melody (Sarah Lind) “happens” to be driving past Henry’s cabin on a snowmobile and gets into some kind of accident. Henry finds her with a tree branch jammed through her leg. He takes her back to his cabin and nurses her back to health. But Henry is anxious to get her on her way. Melody’s injuries make it almost impossible to leave.
But who exactly is this Melody? What was she doing in the middle of the snowy forest? Why does she seem skilled in using a gun?
“Secrets should be shocking, unpredictable, and strongly impact the story.”
Cold Blood is an action thriller that’s light on action and thrills. The action consists of a few gunfights, the assassin thing, and snowmobiling. The thrills come from its cast of characters and they all have secrets…because everybody has secrets…right?
Overall, Cold Blood just falls flat. Secrets should be shocking, unpredictable, and strongly impact the story. Here they’re predictable and lacks cleverness in discovering everyone’s true identities and motives. The action is a few gunshots. If there are any thrills, it’s through Kappa’s investigation of Henry and Kessler’s past, but again predictable.
This film could only be made with Jean Reno in the lead and his fans will not be disappointed. He’s the smartest one in the room. He’s a warm-blooded hitman. He’s got MacGyver skills in the wilderness and finds smart ways to extract information. In the end, I was just expecting more than what I got.
Cold Blood (2019) Written and directed by Frédéric Petitjean. Starring Jean Reno, Sarah Lind, Joe Anderson.
4 out of 10 stars