In early 2017, the film was refused a permit to shoot in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. The explanation given was that Parks Canada objected to the antagonist of the film being an aboriginal Canadian. Even the actor playing the role, popular aboriginal Canadian Tom Jackson, could not sway the government agency's opinion, and the production was moved out of the park.
In the movie, a character discusses giving a review of a hotel on "Yelp". In the UK trailer, he says instead "TripAdvisor ; which is a similar organisation, but in the UK it is much better known than Yelp. However, in the UK theatrical release, he still says "Yelp".
The New York premiere for the movie was canceled after Neeson made controversial remarks in an interview to promote it. On the movie's theme of revenge and how it can consume somebody, he said that he had once spent a week looking for a random black man to kill, in revenge for the rape of a friend by a black man.