On the eve of the race, her musher and brother, recovering alcoholic Robb Pierce (Philip Granger), is killed, it seems, in a drunken fall.
It’s up to Jessie to mush now.
At the race’s start, she meets race rookie Alex Jensen (Bernsen) and Bomber Gates (Damian), a hot-headed musher who will do anything to win; the three become friends, helping each other along the trail.
But as the race heats up, mushers star dying “accidentally,” and the fix is in: The participants offed were the race leaders. Considering that the prize money is $ 50,000, the killer seems to be going to a lot of trouble.
Lots of ineffective contrived scares, red herrings and an incongruous romance , which slow the pace considerably, are off-putting. It’s obvious who the killer is right away; the transparent plot undermines the thrills.
The only genuine thrill involves Jackson’s sled team.
“Cold” makes exceptional use of its beautiful locations and it’s obvious Jackson & co. have done a lot of research into the race.
Kudos to the adorable dogs.